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Saitoti’s ex-bodyguard loses 28 cows in one day



By Wanja Waweru

A herder is tallying his loses in the midst of a devastating drought that has claimed the lives of countless animals in Kajiado County.

This is after losing 28 cows to armyworms in Murtot village in Kajiado South sub-county,

Mr. Samuel Topoika, 50, a retired police officer and the late Interior Minister George Saitoti’s trusted bodyguard for ten years observed helplessly as his animals passed away one by one.

Devastated, Mr Topoika told said he was shocked when his herdsman raised the alarm from the grazing fields.

Most herders are feeding their animals green maize stovers from the Loitoktok agricultural belt common for irrigation farming.

“I was alerted by my herder when the first three animals died. I rushed there but we could do nothing to save the animals,” he said.

Mr Topoika suspected the animals had eaten green maize stovers infested with armyworms.

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