Three rustlers drown in Ewaso Ng'iro after stealing Laikipia cows

Cows drink water at River Ewaso Ng'iro in Mukogodo area, July 4, 2014. /KINGS WAWERU
Cows drink water at River Ewaso Ng'iro in Mukogodo area, July 4, 2014. /KINGS WAWERU

Three cattle rustlers drowned on Tuesday evening while crossing

River Ewaso Ng'iro with livestock stolen

from Laikipia county.

They drove nine cows that belonged to village elder Lempolio Lekwale

from

Mukogodo forest.

Five of the cows also drowned and the body of one of the thieves was retrieved on Thursday.

Laikipia commissioner Onesmus Musyoki said police and villagers were searching for the other two bodies.

Musyoki said the armed rustlers found the animals grazing in the forest.

"Lekwale is a member of the Nyumba Kumi initiative," he said.

"The three drowned while crossing the swollen river on their way to Lengurma village in Isiolo county. Four of the animals were rescued by police officers who were pursuing them."

He noted the county has become an easy target but added the theft would decline as more

National Police Reservists have been recruited

and trained.