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Livestock thieves put on notice

Laikipia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has put on notice cattle rustlers in the area.

Kanyiri noted that livestock theft was rampant in the area and warned that those involved would face the law.

“Let them be warned that our law enforcers will catch up with them, and I can assure them that it will not be a pleasant experience for them,” Kanyiri said during Mashujaa Day celebrations held at the Wiyumiririe trading centre.

He revealed that recently, 12 donkey skeletons and heads were discovered at Ngobit Ward, and it was suspected that the donkeys were stolen and sold to the public.

“We are urging members of the public to be vigilant, especially when buying meat, to avoid consuming uninspected products,” the County Commissioner said.

He said other cases of livestock theft had been reported in various parts of Laikipia, with the thieves targeting animals for slaughter or for sale to local butchers.

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu, who also graced the function, said that his administration had prioritised the streamlining of the health sector and revealed that his government had recently recruited 1,153 Community Health Promoters (CHPs) for deployment in all the wards in the county.

“The CHPs will move from one homestead to another with the aim of advising residents on health matters and also administering the required services to the ailing ones,” Irungu said.

The governor further said that his government was committed to increasing the bed capacity to at least 60 beds in the major health facilities of Nanyuki and Nyahururu in the next 12 months.

Further, the governor said that his government would drill boreholes in all schools and health facilities in the county in a bid to provide safe drinking water to residents.

By Martin Munyi

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