Rearing Dorper sheep in Kajiado is no longer a prestigious undertaking as rampant rustling around Kitengela is ripping homes apart.
The latest incidents happened in the only Kitengela town CBD’s manyatta where Samuel Legei, a pride owner of 60 Dorper sheep, reside.
Known for its best meat (mutton), Dorper sheep can weigh up to 90 kg in body weight as compared to the local red Maasai sheep that mostly weigh 7 kg.
A pure Dorper sheep breed can fetch up to Sh30, 000. This means that with only 10 of them in the market, a farmer can walk home with Sh300, 000.
Legei, three days ago, lost 40 Dorper sheep to rustlers, who raided his town manyatta at night and took them away.
Almost four days earlier, John Mutunkei, lost 26 Dorper sheep from his farm in the Sifa area of Kitengela, behind GK Prisons.
“At the beginning of the year, I had 600 Dorper sheep, and after raiders invaded our farms, I decided to sell them and was left with 126 but they came and took 26 of them recently,” said Mutunkei.
Mutunkei said rustlers are now walking freely during the day as they survey their targets and struck at night.
Legei, a father of two children in school, said his children have been sent home because we lack fees.
“I have nowhere to go. The schools say we must pay fees,” said Legei.
The area police sub-county commander, Ben Changulo confirmed on Wednesday that there is a rise in rustling activity in and around Kitengela in Kajiado county.
“We are trying to follow these incidences but looks like those assisting the rustlers are people who know the area very much,” said Changulo.
He said no arrest has been made for the last four months. He reported to the sub-county four months ago.
Dorper sheep farmers claimed yesterday that they has lost 2, 600 of their stock in the last four months.