Heavy Security at Laikipia Ranch Linked to Ruto as Residents Demand Access

  • Deputy President William Ruto arriving at the Luma Conservancy on January 17, 2020, where he met Taita Taveta leaders
    Deputy President William Ruto arriving at the Luma Conservancy on January 17, 2020, where he met Taita Taveta leaders
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  • Residents in Suguroi area in Laikipia County now want to be allowed access into the ADC Mutara land located in Rumuruti town that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i listed as belonging to Deputy President William Ruto.

    The residents on Saturday, September 18, decried that heavy police had been deployed to man the 64,000-acre Mutara farm.

    Mark Lekarabi stated that the heavy police had manhandled them, false apprehension, and malicious prosecution.

    Deputy President William Ruto worshiping with congregants during Sunday service at The Global Cathedral on September 12 2021
    Deputy President William Ruto worshiping with congregants during Sunday service at The Global Cathedral on September 12 2021

    They are also accusing the authorities manning the farm of diverting River Saguta and River Pesi to their farm hence denying them and their animals access to water.

    Moreover, the residents raised concern that before the land was leased out, they used to only pay Ksh200 monthly to ADC to graze their animals but with the new management, they are forced to pay Ksh500.

    In some instances due to the clock surveillance by police, grazing in the land is no longer tenable.

    Appealing to the parliament to intervene and sub-divide the land to them, they stated they are now being forced to drive their animals for long distances in search of pasture and water since they were denied to graze inside the Mutara farm.

    Ruto on Thursday, September 9, stated that since the dossier read before the National Security and Administration Committee indicated that he owned the disputed land in Laikipia he was willing to give it up.

    The DP issued express authority to have the ranch to be given to Laikipia residents for grazing.

    "They said I own land in Laikipia. Since they said I own the land, I have given them authority to distribute it to members of the public," he stated.

    ADC Mutara ranch is one among the seven areas profiled as a hot spot in an operation to flush out herders.

    Other profiled areas included the vast Laikipia Nature Conservancy owned by conservationist Kuki Gullman in Laikipia West and the 80,000-acre Kirimun farm in Laikipia North.

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i (left) takes part in construction of a house in Laikipia on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i (left) takes part in construction of a house in Laikipia on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
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