UK issues travel advisory for Laikipia over ranch invasions

The British government issued a travel advisory to its citizens against visiting Laikipia County over recent invasions in private ranches by herders.

The travel warning follows reports of several attacks on private ranches by armed herders, who have moved from neighbouring counties as they search for pasture due to prolonged dry season.

The advisory issued late Tuesday states in part: “Following an extended period of drought, there’s been an increase in armed incursions on to private farms and wildlife conservation areas in the county of Laikipia in central Kenya, which some foreign visitors have been caught up in.”

British citizens have hence been advised to avoid “all but essential travel” to the region.
The latest attack by herders was carried out on Sunday at the Suyian ranch in Laikipia North.

A lodge at the ranch was closed indefinitely after one herder was shot dead during a fire exchange with police officers.

In his tour to Laikipia and Samburu recently, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned pastoralists against invading private ranches.
Most herders from Samburu, Isiolo, Baringo, West Pokot among other have invaded Laikipia in search of pasture and water as drought continue to ravage most parts of Kenya.

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