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Laikipia squatters battle ex-president Moi, charities over wildlife park

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Reports www.the-star.co.ke

 

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Samburu herders in Kenya are fighting for control of 17,000 acres of land that a former president sold to become a national park, in a case fraught with tensions over conservation and colonial dispossession.

The Samburu, a semi-nomadic people with the same language and culture as the Maasai, claim ownership of the disputed ranch

 

 

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A research report, entitled "Cattle Barons", can be found on The Conservation Imperative website.  It provides an analysis of the background to the land grabs in Laikipia.  It concludes that the problem is being fomented by politicians and other non pastoralists, that it pre-dates the drought and is unlikely to end as a result of good rains.    An ongoing problem was exacerbated by relatively recent changes to the constitution, aimed at reducing corruption and devolving power to the regions, but this had the opposite effect to that intended.  The author concludes that, in any event, the culture of pastoralism is unsustainable due both to too many people,far too many cattle and social networking (mobile phones) which has broken the bonds between disaffected armed youth and their supposed ruling elders.

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