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Governors Want Livestock Branding To Curb Cattle Rustling



Three governors from the North Rift region have resolved to implement cattle branding as a proactive measure to curb rustling.

Speaking in Iten, Wisley Rotich (Elgeyo Marakwet), Simon Kachapin (West Pokot) and Benjamin Cheboi (Baringo) said the move would address cattle rustling and insecurity problems plaguing the Kerio Valley region.

“Branding of livestock is a crucial step in battling cattle rustling and enhancing security in our region,” said Rotich.

The governors emphasized the importance of tracing stolen livestock, underlining that animals not branded would be denied livestock movement permits and treated as stolen.


Unique brands

Under the new initiative, livestock will be branded with specific codes assigned to each county, ensuring seamless identification and tracking.

Cheboi highlighted the significance of this joint effort stating: “By registering unique brands for each county, we aim to enhance ownership verification and deter cattle theft.”

He noted livestock ownership has fueled conflicts among the Pokot, Tugen and Marakwet communities and assured that the operation would be led by experienced livestock officers, with support from local chiefs for mobilisation.

Moreover, the governors emphasized the dual purpose of their efforts, as Rotich remarked: “We are not only focusing on branding but also conducting vaccinations to address multiple challenges concurrently.”


While branding serves as a preventive measure, Kachapin underscored the need for disarmament to tackle the root cause of insecurity.


“Disarmament is the most effective solution to the Kerio Valley insecurity issue,” he asserted urging the national government to take action.

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In a unified stance against criminal elements, the governors urged the Ministry of Interior, along with the Inspector General of Police to arrest and prosecute individuals involved in cattle rustling and related crimes.

“Regardless of one’s position or status, anyone perpetrating cattle rustling is a criminal and must face the full force of the law.”

They vowed to walk among communities, rallying support for peace initiatives while calling for action against criminals disrupting the region’s tranquility.


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