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Suspect in Kenya’s ranch raids found dead

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Image caption Thomas Minito was reported missing earlier this week

A Kenyan politician being investigated for the raids in private farms in the Laikipia region has been found dead.

Thomas Minito’s body was found floating in a river in Machakos, 50km (30 miles) from the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi.

Police say he was also being investigated for possible involvement in the shooting of Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallman.

The army has been deployed to the region to quell months of unrest.

A biting drought in the Laikipia region had forced herders to invade private farms to get fresh grass for their animals.

However, some analysts say local politicians incited pastoralists communities to invade private farms.

Minito was a member of the Baringo county assembly in the Rift Valley and had been reported missing earlier this week, according to media reports.

After examining the body, police said they suspect that he was murdered because he had a head wound.

His family is however yet to verify his identity.

Security forces have been conducting an operation in Laikipia county in central Kenya after a series of attacks on private lodges.

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Tristan Voorspuy, an ex-British army officer, was killed in March when he went to inspect his lodge.

Pastoralists have accused police of killing hundreds of their animals in an attempt to drive them out of the farms.

The privately-owned Star newspaper reports that Minito was arrested last month and freed on bond for allegedly planning violence in Laikipia and neighbouring Baringo county in which several people were killed or injured and livestock were either stolen or killed.

Kenya: Illegal grazers burn lodge in Laikipia Nature Conservancy

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Residents of Churo in Tiaty, Baringo demonstrate demanding to be given an access route through Laikipia Nature Conservancy, the lack of which has prevented them from accessing Laikipia from Baringo, on September 30, 2016. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Residents of Churo in Tiaty, Baringo demonstrate demanding to be given an access route through Laikipia Nature Conservancy, the lack of which has prevented them from accessing Laikipia from Baringo, on September 30, 2016. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

In Summary

  • The herders reportedly forced themselves to the ranch and burnt down the Mukutan Retreat Lodge, which is owned by Kuki Gallman, a renowned Italian-born Kenyan conservationist.
  • The attack comes in the wake of a joint operation by the Kenya Defence Forces and the police in the area aimed at recovering firearms held illegally and flushing out herders who have invaded private land, ranches and conservancies.

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Illegal grazers believed to be from Baringo on Wednesday burnt down a lodge situated in the 100,000-acre Laikipia Nature Conservancy in Laikipia West.

The herders reportedly forced themselves to the ranch and burnt down the Mukutan Retreat Lodge, which is owned by Kuki Gallman, a renowned Italian-born Kenyan conservationist.

The attack comes in the wake of a joint operation by the Kenya Defence Forces and the police in the area aimed at recovering firearms held illegally and flushing out herders who have invaded private land, ranches and conservancies.

According to Gallman’s daughter Sveva Makena, they burnt down the lodge situated on the hilly Western edge of Laikipia plateau overlooking Lake Baringo in what is believed to be retaliation over the ongoing operation in the county.

There were no visitors at the time of the attack at the lodge, which is mostly visited by tourists from Europe.

Kenya – police says elections will be peaceful in violence-prone counties

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Saturday March 18 2017
Many have died from banditry this year in Baringo County

Police officers escort women and children out of Mukutani centre in Baringo County on March 15, 2017, to a safer area. Many have died from banditry this year. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

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Rift Valley will have peaceful elections despite the current insecurity challenges in some regions, the government has assured.

Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said security departments have intensified operations to ensure peace prevails before elections.

“Security agencies are ready for the elections. We are working hard to ensure that a repeat of 2007/08 post-election violence does not occur,” Mr Musiambo said on Friday.

He was reacting to the recent banditry attacks in Baringo, adding the police are making a positive progress in curbing insecurity incidences.

According to him, the re-opening of three schools that had been closed due to insecurity was a positive sign.

Parts of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Laikipia counties have been worst hit by insecurity leaving dozens of people dead and scores injured since January.

The most recent attacks happened on Wednesday where 11 people were killed by suspected Pokot bandits who raided Mukutani village in Tiaty.

Most affected were women and children, some who are fighting for their lives in hospitals.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday ordered the deployment of military forces to the troubled North Rift region to help police restore law and order.