That’s partly because increasing prosperity has boosted the demand for cattle, so the price has risen and – until the drought – they had proved a good investment. But it is also because the Samburu love their animals. I asked Gerald Ellai, a man in Archer’s Post, a small town at the edge of Samburu county, whether it was boring to watch them graze all day. “It is not boring at all!” he exclaimed.
A few days before Christmas, I had the most tense journey to an airport of my life. I was in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I had been reporting on the end of President Joseph Kabila’s term (he had refused to step down, despite being constitutionally limited to two terms). My flight back to Kenya wasn’t due to take off until the mid-afternoon, but that morning my driver and I set out to the airport at 6am.
THE magistrate hearing the case of the Yandina Seven has dismissed the “partial confession” of one of the accused bikies after he was denied the chance to take legal advice without police officers overhearing. Magistrate Annette Hennessy said the right to legal advice was a fundamental part of the legal system which had been breached in the case of the recorded interview with Eric Ferdinand Fehlhaber.