Hard to understand where the time has gone, it’s now over 9 months since this chaos started off with increasing illegal grazing, increasing stock theft which escalated 150 days or 5 months ago into total utter chaos and the systematic destruction of 4 generations of hard work…….staff shot and injured, staff beaten, houses burnt, farm machinery stolen, boreholes and generators damaged, kilometres and kilometres of fencing stolen,stonewall broken and broken again, pedigree stud cattle shot dead and many others stolen and some now dying from the effects of drought..and us shot at in our compound every day for over 3 weeks !!
Nine 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…..one of our patrol team was shot and injured but after two weeks in hospital is now home with his leg in plaster and hopefully soon be fully recovered.
Very slowly as the drought worsens and with intensive security patrols and community information we make small steps forward – today only 1 break in the boundary stonewall.
Positive stuff still does happen- wall building continues, fence repairs continue, we grow hydroponic barley, new calves are born.
We can’t thank our friends and neighbours enough, most of our cattle are still off the farm as we have not had any meaningful rain and have pretty much no grass, and we are so grateful for the generosity from the community who continue to host our cattle. We have managed to visit some of them in the last few weeks which was a treat.
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’