Drought stokes battle for pastures in Kenya's northern regions

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from Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Published on 02 Feb 2017 View Original

Residents accuse local politicians of encouraging herders to bring cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up support for August elections

By Katharine Houreld

NAIROBI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Armed cattle herders have been flooding onto farms and wildlife conservancies in drought-ravaged northern Kenya, leading to violence in which at least 11 people have been killed and a tourist lodge torched, residents said on Thursday.

The residents have accused some local politicians of encouraging herders to bring tens of thousands of cattle onto farms and ranches to drum up support for the August elections.

Cattle rustling and competition for grazing have long troubled the area, which is a popular safari destination for visitors, but severe drought and political rivalries ahead of the elections have exacerbated the situation, residents said.

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