Day 365 plus 1 week – Saturday 16th September

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.


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Mugie Ranch – 14th Sept

Just received from Mugie –

Last night we had three cars out all night trying to keep the Samburu out of the eastern boundary, they ended up catching one herd of 74 cows at 4am.

On the whole all other areas are not to bad.

We had a meeting with the Iltungai board members(a community to our north west)today who are concerned about how to control the eastern Samburu who are destroying every thing as they go.

I took this photo today on our boundary with Louniek, it is a very clear indication of how if an area has the grass cover and is given a months rest and some decent rain it can recover well. Note the huge ditch caused by water erosion due to poor grass cover.

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Ole Naishu Ranch – 13th Sept

Just received from Ole Naishu –

Approximately 600 head of cattle that had been grazing at night on Ole Naishu were detained this morning. These included a large number from Leparua, Isiolo County, with yellow ear tags. Thousands of sheep and goats grazing close to the boundaries are destroying the green flush of grass following prior rain.

Mugie Ranch – 13th Sept

Just received from Mugie-

We seem to be getting a big build up of Samburu cattle on NYS and P&D all coming through our eastern boundaries at night. They are moving in large groups and obviously not willing to talk, threatening our night patrol teams.

Still no sign of our stolen cattle which despite the authorities having given the known suspects until Monday to produce the cattle nothing has happened!

Sosian Ranch – 13th Sept

Just received from Sosian

After a dramatic start to the year with droughts and land invasions Sosian could not be looking more different now. Fantastic rains over the last few months and determined action by the Government of Kenya to restore law and security means things now feel “normal”. The wildlife is back in great numbers and there is a feeling of huge relief for all of us who call Sosian home.

Laikipia Nature Conservancy – 12th Sept

Just received from LNC-

Clearing the mess from the arson of our security manager’s house today. And rescuing trees from our nursery to plant. The wanton brutal damage of absolutely everything they could lay their hands on – from tyres and vehicles, houses, water tanks, fence posts to tree seedlings, unprovoked and for no reason. When this started 3 years ago all we were trying to do was have dialogue with the pastoralists. But every time we got close to a grazing agreement with our neighbours an armed militia would enter and destroy. Let’s pray we are on the path to sustainable long term solutions, there is a LOT of work ahead. We congratulate the government for drawing a clear line in the sand that the terrorism will not be tolerated.

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Welcome to #ThisIsLaikipia. Watch this space for truthful and relevant information about Laikipia.This page on Facebook and Instagram puts out accurate stories of what happens in Laikipia, before the Land invasion – the people, the livestock, the crops.

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