I’m shedding my tag line “of chaos, violence, mayhem, shooting etc” that has been part of our lives for the last year – now time for positivity and hope.
On Thursday it was a year since my brother George died after his plane crash ….so much has happened in the last year that the time has shot by and it’s hard to believe that it’s a year already but at the same time it stood still in our worse times BUT…
The situation is much improved from our darkest days and stabilizing slowly across Laikipia thanks to the huge efforts by the Government security teams and the new team in Parliament and the County Government and we are all hugely grateful for their efforts and support in restoring law and order to Laikipia and we all dream and long for peace, normality and stability to return.
For now things are improving here…We have had good rain, dams are full and our grazing is recovering well and the hydroponic barley production is on hold until we next need it – amazing how it helped our cattle in the really tough times and really simple and low cost. We are moving the cattle home, supplying milk into Rumuruti again, redoing sections of fencing and keeping very busy.
Our security patrols continue constantly along the boundaries, internally, by foot, by vehicle and from lookouts watching and reporting. Thankfully we’ve had a full week of no illegal grazing at all despite visible herds close to our boundaries and then last night one herd of approx. 60 head cattle belonging to Tugen broke in on the Lorian-Karuwao section !
There are still lots of illegal cattle grazing on Lombara, our neighbours to the north and on our western Lorien boundary. There are still other areas further north from us that are under constant hassle too. None of us are being complacent and relaxed – with the elections there is sadly a chance that the pressure will increase in the coming weeks.
The elephants are still here breaking out and in again almost every day, causing trouble crop raiding and then hiding on Kifuku and continue with damaging of the Eucalyptus and stopping us from any replanting of crops until they can head off to more elephant friendly places!
Earlier on in the year I started some crowd funding pages for the small holder farmers across Laikipia West who have also had their lives turned upside down. The time on these has finished and together with all of you we have raised US$ 1639.37 and UK£ 1625.47. On top of this the Sky Diving Ladies raised Kshs 246,000 together with some funds already in the Just Giving pages…..Dusty Helmets in their epic motorcycle ride for Laikipia also raised some money, I’ve also received Mpesa and M-changa for the same and slowly in the coming weeks and months I hope to add all this up and distribute this.