By Edwin Nyarangi
A bill to end cattle rustling in Narok county will be tabled in the assembly, Kimintet ward MCA Kijabe ole Tunai has said.
Speaking during a peace meeting at Esoit on the Trans Mara West and Trans Mara East subcounties border on Friday,Tunai said cattle rustling incidents have been a source of long-standing conflicts between the Maasai, Kipsigis, Kuria, Luo and Kisii communities who are neighbours.
He said he will lobby his fellow MCAs to support the bill. Tunai said the bill will hold the owners of the homes where cattle, sheep and goats' footprints end to account.
He said the owners will be forced to produce stolen animals or produce the thieves.
Tunai said he will mobilize Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchellah and his Emurua Dikirr counterpart Johana Ng'eno to table a similar motion in the National Assembly to ensure cattle rustling is brought to an end across the country.
He said the footprints formula worked well in the past and it went along way in ending the outdated cultural practice. Tunai said it faced a setback when some people moved to court to challenge it.
Trans Mara West deputy county commissioner Abdihakim Jubat and his Trans Mara East counterpart Peter Maina said chiefs are not putting enough measures in place to ensure cattle rustlers are identified and arrested.
"I believe that chiefs in our two sub counties know all the suspected cattle rustlers and they should report them so that they can be kept under surveillance to deter them from engaging in activities that will breach peace," Jubat said.
He said the government will appoint an acting chief and two acting assistant chiefs for Sosiana and Kikonor areas which fall on the border of the two subcounties to ensure that they are able to deal with rampant cattle rustling incidents in the region.
Maina said they will convene meetings between elders from the Maasai and Kipsigis communities to find a lasting solution.
He said many people have lost lives and others injured due to cattle rustling.
"We all know the people causing trouble in our areas. It is our responsibility to identify them and ensure they are handed to the relevant security organs so that they do not become a source of conflict," Maina said.