HERDERS IN THIKA WARNED AGAINST GRAZING THEIR ANIMALS ON PEOPLE'S FARMS

Herders grazing their livestock near people's farms have been warned of dire consequences if caught. Makongeni Chief Mr Daniel Waiguru on Wednesday, while speaking from his office said that he had received numerous complaints of some herders letting their cattle loose to graze on people's farms, thus destroying their crops.

"These are very serious allegations. My office is not taking this lightly. We will deal with the perpetrators without mercy. Trespassing ones property is illegal and it is worse if it includes damages to the same," said Waiguru.

He appealed to the herders to restrict their animals to areas with no crops to avoid getting into conflict with area residents. Though he admitted that the dry weather in the area had made it difficult for the herders due to the scarcity of pasture, they had no right to graze their animals on people's farms.

"When a herder has more than 100 cattle to look after, they are likely to overpower him and get into farms especially if hungry and do a lot of damage," he added.

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