Sleuths from the Directorate Of Criminal Investigations (DCI) early morning today September 8, 2021 raided the home of and arrested former Laikipia North Member Of Parliament Mathew Lempurkel.
The Detectives stormed the lawmakers home in Rongai Kajiado County during their dawn raid whisking away the legislator to their Kiambu road headquarters to help them with investigations.
Reports indicate that the former Orange legislator was arrested in connection with the ongoing raids and unrests in Laikipia County where a number of people have lost their lives and properties of unknown value damaged.
Lempurkel’s arrest came at a time when Rift Valley Regional Commander George Natembeya announced that four people had so far died due to the unrest in parts of the now volatile Laikipia County.
“Four people have lost their lives. Three among them are police officers and this was before we began the operation to arrest the situation,” Natembeya stated.
On Monday September 6, 2021, the National Security Council held a meeting to discuss the deteriorating state of security in parts of Laikipia County especially the area around the Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs experiencing the heavy insecurity.
Speaking shortly after the meeting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that insecurity in the region was on the rise, due to the rampant cases of cattle rustling currently taking place in the region.
The National security council attributed the rise in insecurity at the conservancy to competition for water and pastures among the neighboring pastoralist communities in the region.
The Council also highlighted the increase in illegal gun ownership suspected to be from foreign officers camping and training in the region as a contributing factor to the rising insecurity, with the authorities crying foul that their weapons are much sophisticated.
The Conservancy and its environs is declared a disturbed and high risk zone and therefore a security operation zone, with the region placed under dusk to dawn curfew, in an attempt to curb the rising insecurity in the county.
“A security operation commences immediately to flush out all the illegal occupants of the Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs with a dusk (6 pm) to dawn (6 am) curfew being declared with immediate effect,” the statement read in part.
“All leaders including politicians, public officers, businessmen and others who have illegally moved their livestock into the conflict zone to remove the same from there within the next 48 hours,” the statement added.