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Not Lions, but Farmers – World – Pulselive.co.ke

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“It calms then down,” explained Baka.It’s an evening routine he and other herders have repeated their whole lives, just like generations before them, moving their livestock across Nigeria in search of fresh grazing land.

In his years as a herder, Baka has overcome poisonous snakes, outbreaks of disease, cattle rustlers and counterfeit veterinary drugs. But now he and other herdsmen are facing a serious threat to their way of life: Nigeria’s rapidly expanding population means more people want to farm on land that has been used by herders for centuries.

Across parts of Nigeria, conflicts that mirror the 20th-century range wars in the American West have broken out between farmers and herdsmen vying for land, leading to bloody battles.

In the first six months of this year, these clashes killed an estimated 1,300 people – six times the number who died in the war with the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in the same period, the International Crisis Group says.

About 300,000 people have been forced from their homes because of violence between farmers and herders, conflicts that are often exacerbated by religion, ethnicity and even the erratic weather patterns that accompany climate change and create competition between humans and cattle for water.

In Nigeria, where the population has quadrupled in the past 60 years to nearly 200 million, the fighting has been so fierce that the government deployed the military to contain some of the battles.

Numerous regional bodies, including the Economic Community of West African States, have pledged to protect the rights of herdsmen, but little action has been taken. Nigeria’s federal government has proposed setting aside land for herders, yet the country is also grappling with widespread unemployment. So it is pushing more people into farming, which adds to the tensions.

Some states have banned open grazing. Local laws that aim to address the conflicts are largely unenforced, especially in rural areas where government is virtually nonexistent.

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Like the majority of herdsmen, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, is ethnically Fulani Muslim. And though he has done little to contain the violence or help herdsmen, he is often perceived as siding with Fulanis, who are one of the major ethnic groups of the north.

In much of Nigeria, especially the mostly Christian south, Fulani herdsmen are considered terrorists and compared to Boko Haram, notorious for rapes and beheadings. News reports often focus on killings by herdsmen without mentioning deadly attacks by farmers.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

Dionne Searcey © 2018 The New York Times



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Wajir Governor Mohamed Mohamud out as Senators unanimously uphold impeachment charge – KBC

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Senators have voted unanimously in favor of the removal of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud from office.

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Even though the under-fire Mohamud pleaded for leniency not guilty of charges leveled against him and his office, the Monday night vote returned a guilty verdict, effectively confirming his ouster from the gubernatorial position.

Senators upheld the decision by the Wajir County Assembly to send their county chief home having established sufficient grounds to strip him of his position at the helm of the devolved unit.

Among other charges, Mohamud was found guilty of gross violation of the Constitution.

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A committee chaired by Nyamira Senator Okon’go Omogeni had recommended Mohamud’s ouster noting that it was satisfied that he had flouted County Government Act, Public Procurement Act and Asset Disposal Act and the Public Finance Management Act.

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Jennifer Wambua murder suspect charged

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Jennifer Wambua went missing on March 12, 2021, only to be found dead on March 15. [File, Standard]

High Court has ordered a prime suspect in the murder of former acting communications director at National Land Commission (NLC) officer Jennifer Wambua to undergo a mental test.
High Court judge, Justice David Kimei said the mental assessment is to ascertain whether Peter Mwangi Njenga alias Sankale is fit to stand trial.
The judge also forwarded Sankale’s case file to Kajiado High Court where the suspect will appear for plea taking on May 26.
The suspect, whom police describe as a serial killer is to be remanded at Kajiado GK Prison until the said date.
The charge against Sankale states that “between March 12 and 13, 2021 at Veterinary Farm-Ebulbul in Kajiado North Sub County, jointly with others not before the court, murdered Jennifer Itumbi Wambua.”
The suspect was driven to Machakos for arraignment after it turned out that there was no judge available in Kajiado High Court to deal with the matter.
The deceased, Wambua went missing after reporting to her office at National Lands Commission (NLC) on March 12 this year and her body was later found dumped in Ngong Forest the following day. 

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Tracking and monitoring motor vehicles is not new to Kenyans. Competition to install affordable tracking devices is fierce but essential for fleet managers who receive reports online and track vehicles from the comfort of their desk.

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Kenya: Ponzi Scheme Pledges Wealth, Brings Woe

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Thousands of Kenyans are lamenting after losing their hard-earned money to a Ponzi scheme that, as always, was too good to be true.

Amazon Web Worker Kenya had charmed its way into their wallets with offers of quick riches. For people desperate for a quick route to success, this was the perfect opportunity.

To earn a commission, members were to deposit any amount starting from Sh300 and complete certain tasks at different levels. One could also earn either through referrals or by locking the money for a specific period.

For instance, funds saved for seven days promised a return of about 24 percent and, if you extended the period to a month, you had a 50 percent profit.

To hoodwink investors that they were linked to Jeff Bezos’ E-commerce company Amazon, they plastered the company’s logo on their landing pages. To gullible Kenyans, that was enough proof to have them register and persuade others to join. Investors are now crying foul that they can no longer make withdrawals and the firm’s support staff are unreachable.

The application, launched in Kenya last month with over 100, 00 downloads, has already been deleted from Google Play store. The developer’s details have also been erased online.

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“I have been defrauded. I joined AWW, as we call it, last week, at the influence of my friend who termed it a good platform to make money. To invest, I borrowed Sh8,000 from Safaricom’s Fuliza,” said David Kamau, 35.

In just a week of joining and having earned Sh2,000, Mr Kamau was hooked. He even created a WhatsApp group to attract new investors.

“My plan was to maximise on the platform and make good money before it vanished. I knew it was just a matter of time because this is not the first time I am joining such schemes. This time, I joined too late and it went down too soon,” he said.

Amazon Web Worker might be the latest financial scam but definitely not the first. It has only added its name to a list of Ponzi schemes, such as Crowd1, Public Likes, Bold Cashers and Petron Pay. Mr Robert Ochieng, a Nairobi-based finance and investment advisor, said platforms promising investors high returns in a short period of time are mostly pyramid schemes.

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“In a Ponzi scheme, the earliest investors are paid using money from joining investors. The scheme continues to grow as many individuals join, then it crumbles because it cannot sustain itself,” he said.