The breakneck speed at which the Laikipia situation took a nosedive is still a closed book.
What started as mere illegal herding in protected conservancy’s and normal cow raid has quickly degenerated into a fully-fledged tribal and economic warfare that has completely grounded everything in the vast county with immense potential.
To make the situation more ugly, fiery rift valley regional commissioner George Natembeya confessed before the media that they encountered a daunting task when it came to tackling the bandits wrecking havoc in the region, given that they were in possession of sophisticated artillery dwarfing the ones held by government security agencies.
How the bandits got hold of the so-called sophisticated weapons is still a mystery.
It should be remembered that weeks ago before the situation got out of hand, a fully-equipped GSU camp was raided by alleged goons.
How else do you explain a whole battalion of the dreaded and highly-trained GSU officers camp being attacked by miscreants who have zero background in military training? Were these really ordinary bandits without prior knowledge of the weaponry capacity in the camp?
What prevents concerned Kenyans from thinking these are well backed warriors with an insatiable appetite for blood and resources?
While being interviewed on spice FM, Laikipia North member of parliament Sarah Korere has pointed that there is a clique of powerful people funding the bandits behind the whole ugly scenes in Laikipia.
She generally linked tycoons, politicians and government agencies for empowering the bandits financially.
An interpretation that resonates with many since nobody needs rocket science to know how bandits are requiring hundreds of bullets which are being fired carelessly and sophisticated M16 guns.
Let’s hope the government restores sanity in the troubled Laikipia county and things return to normalcy.