Articles / TV clips 27th March – 2nd April

“Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected” — http://theconversation.com/collective-land-tenure-is-under-threat-in-kenya-why-it-needs-to-be-protected-74393

http://allafrica.com/stories/201703280118.html
http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/03/29/we-dont-obstruct-laikipia-security-action-ranchers_c1532857
https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2017/03/boinnet-denies-officers-killed-500-cows-laikipia/

https://skylarkwarrior.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/idiots-ivory-monarchy-and-body-parts-my-body-parts/

http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/baringo/Turgen-elders-rule-out-talks/3444812-3869346-y1keez/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mobile/article/2001234496/security-forces-shoot-500-cows-in-laikipia-as-herders-protest

Day 76 /77– of chaos, violence, mayhem, shooting etc or day 199 /200 – Sunday 26th Monday 27th

Sunday – an uneasy but calm day, no wall rebuilding but foot patrols ongoing inside the farm. Buildup of small stock continuing on our boundarys.

Monday – 200 days !!!  SHOCKING that we’ve been at this for SO long,  ANGRY that it was ever allowed to happen in he beginning, SAD that there has been so much theft and destruction, BUT nevertheless DETERMINED to keep going and slowly push forwards.

Our day passed in our new ‘normality’  – building stone walls, the reinforced sections a huge undertaking but long term will be an asset. At times it seems frustrating slow but is really a huge effort and achievement by the building crew. Foot patrols on going along the boundary and internally keeping up the pressure and following up on information received.  Big numbers of small stock still breaking in and grazing, smaller numbers of cattle, but they to still coming in.

The enormity of the problem has been downplayed for so long, the KDF/Police operation is ongoing, and will take time as the area to cover is vast and the problem so much bigger than anyone believes. We have to stay positive and hope and pray that illegal guns will be collected, law and order will be restored, and peace will return to Laikipia – but there is still a long bumpy road ahead of us.

 Ol Maisor, Sosian, Suyian Ranches still under extreme pressure.

Yes this is now a drought – it wasn’t when all this started late last year ….now a convinient excuse…..it’s not about Kiangazi na Nyasi

Please keep SHARING about what is going on in Laikipia

Small holder farmers are the real victims of Laikipia chaos.

It’s not just affecting us ‘white ranchers’ ….it’s much more than that…..more stories like this need to be out there, although sadly many people are too frightened of retaliation to tell their story.

Yes this is now a drought – it wasn’t when all this started late last year ….now a convinient excuse…..it’s not about Kiangazi na Nyasi. 

Please keep SHARING about what is going on in Laikipia
http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/03/27/the-poor-are-the-real-victims-of-laikipia-violence_c1531485

Day 76 – of chaos, violence, mayhem, shooting etc or day 198 – Saturday 25th

The day passed in our new ‘normality’ of building stone walls, patrolling by foot and vehicle, a total of 7 breaks which is frustrating after our few days with only 4. A big flock of small stock seen near Matigari and moved off with a warning that they will be impounded the next time. 

I drove around the farm with the guy writing the EIA for us to continue bush clearing and  make charcoal accompanied by 3 NPR’s. He saw first hand some of damage and  was pretty shocked. He also had another interesting thought…..yes the publicity has been that this is happening only on the ‘white ranches’- we know that this isn’t true, so so many small holders farmers and their family’s have been seriously affected. What you don’t think about when you’re going  through this craziness is that there is a serious knock on effect to the greater community in Laikipia who although not connected directly over the land and grazing are affected through loss of income due to ranches having had to have stopped daily farm operations and just doing damage control and security. Any new development will now have been put on hold or just cancelled. The impact is huge and very sad. 

The enormity of the problem has been downplayed for so long, the KDF/Police operation is ongoing, and will take time as the area to cover is vast and the problem so much bigger than anyone believes. We have to stay positive and hope and pray that illegal guns will be collected, law and order will be restored, and peace will return to Laikipia – but there is still a long bumpy road ahead of us.

 Ol Maisor, Sosian, Suyian Ranches still under extreme pressure.

Yes this is now a drought – it wasn’t when all this started late last year ….now a convinient excuse…..it’s not about Kiangazi na Nyasi. 
Please keep SHARING about what is going on in Laikipia

Update -Sosian Ranch -25th March

Here are a few pics of Sosians Saturday. Bored illegal herders tried to burn some more at Richard Constants house but as there is nothingleft to burn they didn’t have much success.Life must be getting very boring for them with nothing left to destroy. 

Still large numbers of cattle on us with approx 6000 bomaed on Sosian and probably the same amount traversing us to water which is now in one dam or pools in the river. 

 This morning we found the carcass of another poached elephant near the river with the tusks removed, as we all know this is only about grass but I never knew cattle gotso hungry that they ate ivory as well…….

Speaking to some of our Samburu community grazers, who still pay for the grazing and protect the infrastructure in the north, they have been having lots of cattle go “missing” during the day as they are ushered into the invaders herds and moved on. Everyone in Laikipia is sick and tired of these people and it will never be forgotten.