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Over 2,000 camels from Wajir invade Mwingi farms

 Ngomeni Ward residents in Kyuso District are living in fear of yet another eruption of land conflicts over pasture as drought situation worsens.

A section of camel herd that invaded Mandongoi Full Gospel Church Pastor Jeremiah Nyayo's farm in Ngomeni. Photo/MWINGI TIMES

Already, more than 2,000 camels from Wajir County have caused damage to crops in farms owned by the locals. MWINGI TIMES understands police are not enthusiastic to investigate the reported camel invasion.

Speaking to our reporter via the phone, Kyuso Deputy County Commissioner Reuben Kimosop confirmed that the camels were grazing illegally since the herders had not obtained permission from locals.

“There is no cause for alarm. Everything in under control as police are carrying our regular daily patrols to pre-empt any conflict. Weekly operations will also be carried to drive out the camel herders,", said the local security boss.

The herders drive their camels over Mwingi National Game Reserve. They then spill over to people’s shambas consuming the remaining drought resistant crops used to ward off the pangs of hunger. They include pigeon peas and black beans.

Residents who this newspaper spoke to have called upon the government to boost security in the area before a repeat of past losses is repeated.


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