By Mangoa Mosota
Five exterior doors lead to the mud-walled house with an enclosure that forms nearly a circle with dotes of cow-dung on the ground.
The exit has sturdy material made of barks of trees with three locks. This architectural design might look strange to many people, but for Esther Mbusiro, it is part of life for the Kuria community.
On steep hills bursting with serene green vegetation are villagers who have to sleep a metre or less away from their livestock. Mbusiro says cattle rustling has prompted unique mechanisms to protect their animals. There is unrelenting inter-clan, inter-tribal and cross-border cattle theft in the region.
The 27-year-old mother of four takes The Standard on Saturday inside her cattle shed (boma) in Nyamiecho Village, Kuria East. This type of construction has been practised by the community for hundreds of years.
The Kuria community grow several crops, including millet, maize and sweet potatoes. However, cattle rearing is a key aspect of their socio-economic activities. In essence, cattle owners sleep surrounding their animals, a lucid sign of how they treasure them.
They construct their houses in such a way there is no space between one house and another. This is done to secure their cattle. More....