President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the tribal militiamen behind the invasions of farmland and attacks on villages as “enemies of the state” while ordering the Kenyan a major operation against the Samburu and Pokot Militia groups. The president stated this on Friday.
The president’s call, follows the murder of a British farmer, Tristan Voorspuy, on his ranch on the Laikipia plateau earlier this month, and came as Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, met white farmers during a one-day visit to Kenya.
Lending his support to the military operation, which is meant to bolster a police mission that has so far failed to restore order in Laikipia and adjacent counties, Boris said:
“This is a very complex question and there are many factors at work,” Mr Johnson said. “But what is apparent to the government of Kenya is that there has to be absolute respect for the right to land and title.”
President Kenyatta has been accused of letting the situation spiral out of control, due to his refusal to step on toes before his forth coming election in August this year.
The series of militia attacks and violence have been partly fuelled by competition for grazing following a drought, but much of it is also thought to have been motivated by politicians manipulating ethnicity in order to mount a land grab.