Tension remains high in Mai Mahiu after hundreds of armed Maasai youth stormed the vast Utheri wa Lari farm in Naivasha and left a trail of destruction.
The irate Maasai morans razed down the fence around the expansive land before police arrived and dispersed them.
The attack on Utheri wa Lari farm comes barely 2 days after incitement remarks by Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina during the Narok BBI rally. Ledama had asked the non-locals to leave lest they be forcefully evicted– remarks that have caused public outcry as they are likely to arouse public animosity.
For several years, members of the Maasai and Kikuyu community have clashed over the vast 22,000 acre farm but the matter was put to rest by the Court of Appeal in 2015, when the court handed land to the Kikuyus.
The chairman of the farm, Stephen Muiru has decried frequent invasion by Maasai every planting season and only fears for the worst now that the Maasai morans have been publicly incited by Ledama to evict non indigenous communities.
Yesterday’s attack has caused anxiety and concern of safety and some residents have fled for fear of invasion.
“Over 100 Maasai youths wielding machetes and spears attacked in the morning. They burned down the fence and cleared some crops. They then retreated to one of the homestead,” Muiru said.
Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident saying adequate police had been dispatcged to the farm.
“We had an unfortunate incident where some Maasai youths invaded Utherei wa Lari farm and brought down the fence and cleared crops. The officers have since been dispatched to contain the situation ,” Waweru said.
Naivasha MP Jane Kihara linked the attacks to incitement remarks by Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina and warned police that the issue may spiral out of control if the senator is not apprehended.
Kihara said land remains a very emotive issue and that leaders found inciting residents should face the full force of the law despite their support for BBI.