April 23, 2017 – STATEMENT BY RT. HON RAILA ODINGA ON LAIKIPIA ATTACKS

The National Super Alliance condemns in very strong terms the attack on conservationist and author Kuki Gallman by herders who invaded her Laikipia Conservancy earlier today.

We wish quick recovery to Kuki.

As Opposition, we detest and condemn the hooliganism taking roots in this part of the country and demand action that will restore order before things get completely out of control.

Kuki, like other conservancy owners being subjected to brutality in Laikipia is part and parcel of the Kenyan nation regardless of her origins. She has contributed tremendously to the growth of our country in general and northern Kenya in particular.

These ranch owners deserve protection under the law like all Kenyans.

Unfortunately, we have watched in bewilderment as hooligans take advantage of the drought to subject these ranchers to unwarranted attacks.  Even more depressing is the apparent helplessness of the government that is clearly unable or unwilling to bring these attacks to a stop.

Kenya is not a failed state. We want to believe that we have a government and that we are still guided by the rule of law and that the government still sees the protection of life and property as its prime reason for existence.

We therefore demand that the government immediately asserts control and brings these acts of hooliganism to an end once and for all and in a way that respects the rights, dignity and concerns of all parties involved. No more life must be lost, no individual must be attacked again in Laikipia.

RT. HON RAILA ODINGA
ODM PARTY/ NASA COALITION LEADER
APRIL 23, 2017

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