By Edwin Makiche
In any other village, the mowing of a cow signifies the flow of milk. It alerts the owner that it is time to take the cow to the milk the cow.
The results is the ‘white gold; liquid sold to hotels, homes and creameries. But for farmers living the along Rift Valley – Nyanza provinces border, it means a different thing.
A mowing cow during the night signifies a scary and sinister phenomenon - that of armed cattle thieves closing in to one’s homestead.
It alerts the farmer to make the hard decision of whether to take risk and rescue it, or leave it and incur losses. This is the life that residents of the region have had to contend with for close to half a century now.
Every year, they lose millions of their investment to a multi-million stock theft syndicate. The cartel takes advantage of the lax security authorities to make a quick killing. An exclusive investigation by Business Beat along Sotik-Borabu border, revealed how the attackers have successfully managed to steal from the defenseless farmers along the porous border.
The ‘merchants of theft’ are said to be the foot soldiers for unscrupulous business people including cattle traders butchers and politicians. More....