By David Mwere
The National Assembly may declare cattle rustling a national disaster if a motion filed by Baringo North MP William Cheptumo sails through.
Cheptumo also wants the House to establish a special fund to compensate all victims of cattle rustling and resettle all persons internally displaced by the menace across the country to mitigate the losses they have suffered.
He said the establishment of the fund is long overdue because the national government has failed to ensure individual rights are protected in the affected regions.
Cheptumo said the motion offers the guidelines that will later transform into a substantive Bill drafted along the statistics of people, livestock and other properties lost during the menace to be debated by the House.
“Cattle rustling is a major menace and security threat in the South and North Rift regions in the country. It involves forceful raiding of livestock from one community to another leaving behind loss of lives and a trail of destruction to property,” he said during a media briefing yesterday.
The lawmaker said the effects of the pre-historic cultural practice has left "irreparable and negative social-economic impact" leading to increased numbers of widowers, widows, orphaned children, poverty and displacement of people.