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KENYA: Herdsmen shoot, wound Italian born conservationist at her park



KENYA: Herdsmen shoot, wound Italian born conservationist at her park

A group of herdsmen have shot and wounded a renowned Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her Gallmann Africa Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.

The 73-year-old who also doubles as an author of the best-selling memoir, ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ was inflicted with gun shot wounds after herdsmen invaded her private property in search of fresh grazing in the drought-stricken Laikipia region.

According to her daughter Ms Sveva Makena, her mother was shot in the stomach and has been airlifted to Nanyuki for first aid before she is airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment.

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The incident was confirmed by police boss Ezekiel Chepkwony said that Ms Kuki was patrolling her ranch on Sunday morning when she was shot in the stomach by the herders who had laid an ambush at Damu Nyekundu area.

Chepkwony said that Mrs Gallmann was rushed to a hospital in Nanyuki for first aid treatment saying that her driver also survived the attack.

“Security officers managed to overpower the herders who escaped some of them with gunshot wounds after shooting her. The officers are currently following on the bandits and we shall bring them to book,’’ he said.



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