- The cows are stolen in the dead of night.
- Retired teachers have been investing in dairy farming.
Residents of Kawendo and Muruka villages in Kandara constituency, Murang’a County are counting losses following increased theft of cows in the last two months.
More than 15 dairy cows have been stolen, the latest incident reported last Monday. Thieves drove away two cows (one six-months-in-calf) from the Kawendo home of Ann Ng’ang’a.
The thieves accessed her compound through a banana plantation in the wee hours of the night. She puts the loss at KSh250,000.
“The cows had been tethered in their shed before we went to sleep on Monday night and the following day, they were nowhere to be seen. I searched around, unsuccessfully,” she said.
John Migwi and his wife Lucy Muthoni who are both retired teachers lost their two bovines a fortnight ago. They had ventured into dairy farming using their retirement money, and have not been left hopeless.
Two kilometres from this couple’s home, another retired teacher lost a dairy cow worth KSh100,000. The incident happened at Naaro village.
The victims of cow theft now accuse security officers of laxity saying despite reporting the incidences, no suspect has been arrested.
Simon Wamwea, Member of County Assembly, says residents have now heightened security. “All men in the area have been conducting patrols and laying traps for the thieves,” he says. “We know the thieves have a good market due to the soaring prices. But soon we shall catch up with them.”