By Derrick Kiplagat
Pastoralists in Isiolo County have been given an order to immediately remove their livestock from the Buffalo Spring National Park. Isiolo Sub-County Deputy Commissioner Julius Maiyo said that the order is meant to prevent livestock from interfering with the tourists.
The deputy commissioner added that the park management had earlier indicated that tourists had already booked to be there from next week, till December. Area chiefs and their assistants from West Ngaremara, Nakuprat and Attan locations have been given orders to give the names of the livestock owners who have invaded the restricted areas.
In a meeting yesterday with Samburu, Somali and Turkana herders in Ngaremara ward, the assistant commissioner asked the rangers and the game warders to arrest any herders trespassing the park.
The herders had earlier pleaded with the authorities to allow them to water the animals as opposed to giving them pastures. “We cannot allow livestock to drink water in the park. Herders should look for other alternative areas for water. The park is only meant for wildlife,” Maiyo said.
Mr. Maiyo said the county government had the obligation to find possible ways to provide water for the livestock. He said that the removal of livestock is meant to prevent conflict that might arise between the pastoralist communities in the park thus scaring tourists away. He added that the herders whose livestock will be found within the park will be prosecuted.