June 26th 2017

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Matungulu residents want police to investigate livestock theft

The latest incident occurred at Koma location on Sunday night where a local farmer, identified as Mzee Katuuti lost two of his cows whose skins and heads were discovered in a ranch belonging to a  Macakos County Executive Member Kioko Luka.

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comMonday, 30 Jan 2017 15:42 EAT

The stolen cows' hides (Photo: Rose Mukonyo/Kenya Free Press).

Residents of Matungulu Sub County in Machakos County have called on security agencies to investigate the rampant cases of livestock theft in the region. In the past few weeks, several cows and donkeys have been reported stolen and later discovered to have been slaughtered in various thickets along Tala-Nairobi highway.

The latest incident occurred at Koma location on Sunday night where a local farmer, identified as Mzee Katuuti lost two of his cows whose skins and heads were discovered in a ranch belonging to a  Machakos County Executive Member Kioko Luka. “Two cows were slaughtered last night by unknown persons and their skins were discovered this morning (yesterday) inside my ranch in Koma,” said Mr Luka.

Police suspect that a criminal cartel has been operating in the area with the backing of local criminals who help them to identify the areas to strike. Area MCA Salome Ndawa condemned the incidents, and called on police to intensify night patrols in order to tame the rising cases of insecurity.

“We call upon police to be extra vigilant and ensure no more loss of livestock or other property as a result of invasion by criminal elements,” she said.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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