Locusts invade Nyandarua, Nakuru counties


Residents from parts of Laikipia West and Ndaragwa Constituency spent the better part of the night in fear following the invasion of the desert locusts.

The swarm of locusts are said to have moved from Salama, Kalampton, Lorian, Mihianyu Ngarua and then settled at Kiandege area within South Marmanet forest.

As the pests clouded the sky, there were sounds of people shouting in distress.

Mahianyu Chief Francis Nyaga and Nyandarua County Chief officer incharge of Agriculture Dr. Daniel Gikaara visited the area.

They assured residents that a team from both the national and county governments would assess the magnitude of the invasion and advise on the next steps.

Meanwhile in Nakuru County, there were reports that residents had sighted locust swarms in Shalom, Mang’u and Umoja areas in Rongai.

According to area Chief John Njagi, the insects were spotted at around 6pm on Friday and so far they have destroyed crops in several farms.