Hard to understand where the time has gone, it’s now over 8 months since this chaos started off with increasing illegal grazing, increasing stock theft which escalated 120 days or 4 months ago into total utter chaos and the systematic destruction of 4 generations of hard work…….staff beaten, houses burnt, farm machinery stolen, kilometres and kilometres of fencing stolen,stonewall broken and broken again, pedigree stud cattle shot dead and many others stolen…and us shot at in our compound every day for over 3 weeks !!
Eight months ago it was green, the dreadful drought that has occurred since has been a convinient excuse of what has happened across cattle ranches and conservancy’s in Laikipia West.
BUT we’re still here, with our amazing staff who have hung in here with us and continue to help us rebuild a bit more every day. We have had and continue to have good support and back up from the Police and AP’s who have helped us get this far. Three officers have been injured through exchanges of fire with the armed thugs or bandits including the OCPD who was shot in the chest and without first aid administered here may not have survived.
It has not been an easy time and still isn’t as we continue to deal with wall breakages and illegal grazing every day……yesterday 11 breaks in the boundary wall, today 9.
Yesterday we impounded 16 head of Samburu camels, today we impounded 19 head of Samburu cattle.
But wall building continues, fence repairs continue…..
Truck loads of hay and cattle feed arrive at vast expense – it’s the very first time in the history of the Aggett family in Laikipia buying in fodder and feed, we’ve got through serious droughts before by managing our grazing and selling off stock. And we would have got through this drought too ….but this hasn’t been about ‘Kiangazi na Nyasi’