REBUILDING

[PHOTOS] Reconstruction kicks off in Laikipia as normalcy returns

At least eight people have been killed in the conflict, houses torched and hundreds displaced from their land.

In Summary

•For months, insecurity in parts of Laikipia county has dominated the headlines in the country, attracting attention from the government and Kenyans.

•So far, peace has been restored in some areas and learning has resumed in some schools.

Burnt classroom being built.
Burnt classroom being built.
Image: NPS

Rebuilding work has commenced within Ol Moran, Laikipia county.

Pictures shared by National Police Service showed a classroom at Merigwit Primary which had partially been burnt down under repair.

"Reopening of roads in the area is going on unabated courtesy of the County government," NPS said on Thursday.

For months, insecurity in parts of Laikipia county has dominated the headlines in the country, attracting attention from the government and Kenyans.

Peace has been restored in some areas and learning has resumed in some schools.

The classroom.
The classroom.
Image: NPS

Armed herders have been at the centre of the conflict, invading locals’ farms to feed their cattle, displacing the owners from their homes.

At least eight people have been killed in the conflict, houses torched and hundreds displaced from their land.

Since then, the government has taken action to restore calm in the volatile area which had paralysed businesses and learning.

Last week, top security chiefs met and briefed President Uhuru Kenyatta on the progress so far made in Laikipia following a weeklong multi-agency operation.

Security team in Laikipia inspecting the construction.
Security team in Laikipia inspecting the construction.
Image: NPS

The team under National Security Council (NSC) met the president for a briefing on the progress of the security in the area and informed him the area was now calm and safe for locals.

The meeting came a week after another NSC meeting on September 6 ordered a raft of measures to be taken to ensure the safety of locals and especially ranch owners.

They told the President most of the armed herders had been driven from the ranches.

 

Edited by CM