Sugarcane farmers in Transmara, Narok County, West Kenya, at the weekend lost an estimated 50 million Shillings after arsonists set fire on about 60 acres of cane plantation in the Mapashi area.
The arsonists acts sparked a near-fight between youths from two different communities living nearby. General Service Unit (GSU) officers from the nearby Transmara camp, were able to avert full-fledged skirmishes.
Muntei Ole Kilusu, the farmers’ spokesman, said the government should step in to stop the constant arson attacks by idle young people from the neighbouring communities who are up to no good.
“We had been suffering losses for more than a year now; we want whoever is sending people to burn our farms to stop. We just want peace,” the elder told journalists after a day-long security meeting on Sunday.
The farmers requested the government conduct investigations into the fire incidents and arrest the suspects.