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Playing with fire; Brave policeman announces that Kedong ranch under investigation for growing bhang!

Cultivation of bhang worth an estimated street value of Sh27 million at the privately-owned Kedong’ Ranch in the outskirts of Naivasha town has been discovered, and Naivasha Sub-County Criminal Investigations boss Adan Hassan is either a very brave officer, or perhaps he doesn’t know which family owns the Kedong ranch.

He has told a local publication that the police are hot on the heels of the owner of the farm and whoever cultivated the narcotic substance.

He said the unearthing of the syndicate was a major breakthrough in the fight against the sale of bhang.
He said that preliminary investigations pointed to a possibility that the cultivators sneaked through non-formal routes into the hidden part of the ranch and cultivated the illegal plant.

“They took advantage of the uncultivated parcel of land which is also not easily accessible, to perpetuate their illegal activities,” said Mr Hassan.

In what will undoubtedly sound like a joke taken too far, Mr. Hassan said the police believe that those already arrested had been hired to maintain and take care of the farm, re-affirming that they were going for the mastermind.

“We have gotten his full details but he has since gone into hiding”, added the DCIO, who did not name the suspected mastermind. By Mastermind, it wasn’t clear whether he DCIO was talking about the owner of the ranch.

According to investigators, some posed as herders while others pretended to be casual labourers, hunting for menial jobs. The suspects were on Tuesday charged in Naivasha with cultivating bhang.

The charge sheet read that on February 11, 2021, jointly with others not in court, they were found cultivating approximately 23,100 stems of the prohibited plant.
They denied the charges and were remanded at the Naivasha Medium Prison.

This isn’t the first time that the expansive 75,000 acre ranch has found itself in the eye of a storm.
Previously, Maasai herders have demonstrated, demanding access to the land which they’ve claimed to be theirs and was grabbed from them, but their efforts have not been able to bear fruit, as the owner, who one is best advised not to mention, is too powerful for a bunch of herders.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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