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Goats, Sheep Intercepted by Morans in Kitengela Had Been Stolen – Police

It emerged on Thursday evening that most goats and sheep apprehended on transit on Namanga highway in the night of Wednesday near Kitengela had been stolen.

This truck KBQ 829 A was apprehended on Wednesday night at 10 at Ilade Petrol Station along Kitengela/Isinya road carrying sheep and goats.

Isinya OCPD, Henry Ibutu, confirmed three people positively picked more than 80 goats and sheep among those that had apprehended on Wednesday night by a vigilante group from Isinya.

The vigilante group of young Maasai morans stopped two trucks on transit to Nairobi at Ilade Petrol station and demanded transportation documents, which they were give.

On examination, the morans noticed that the travel permit for the more than 400 goats and sheep indicated it had been issued and stamped in Namanga border town on June 28.

It also indicated the livestock had crossed the border from Tanzania, but what raised concern was the fact the forms indicated the owners of the trucks had acquired the documents ‘one day’ before date of travel.

They were apprehended on June 27 at 10 pm at Ilade Petrol Station before the stamped date.

Ibutu said the trucks were driven back to Isinya town and directed to the local police station where the goats and sheep were let out and later identified ‘positively’ by their owners.

Meanwhile, the county director of medical services, Ezekiel Kapkoni, said in the evening all the five occupants of a truck that had earlier been attacked by vigilante at the turn-off of Acacia road on Namanga road are in stable condition at Kitengela Sub – County Hospital.

They had earlier been taken to the facility after they had been seriously injured and were in unconscious state.

Kapkoni said; “I have just received a brief indicating they are all out of danger”.

But police said that even if they are out of danger, they will not be allowed to leave the health facility after it had emerged they were carrying stolen livestock.

On Wednesday, County Commissioner David Kipkemei announced that some 80 Dorper sheep had been stolen in Olturoto in the last four weeks.

All the three trucks, with two carrying 400 goats and sheep and the other carrying charcoal that has been banned in Kajiado have been confiscated by police and their occupants are being interrogated by investigators.

Kipkemei had also ordered arrest of a police officer of an Inspector rank alleged to have used a government vehicle to transport the livestock and charcoal on the road.

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