(Associated Press) NAIROBI, Kenya – The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday.
The government is clearly unable or unwilling to bring these attacks to a stop".
National police spokesman George Kinoti said a local politician was already facing charges for inciting violence and arson attacks in the area.
Gallmann was going to inspect damage to her property after invaders burned down a retreat there on Saturday.
A luxury hotel had already been torched last month.
Gunmen have seriously wounded 73-year-old conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park in the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in drought-stricken northern Kenya.
The Italian-born author of the memoir I Dreamed of Africa was shot in the stomach on Sunday after the vehicle she was driving in was ambushed, a family friend said.Her daughter – who herself was shot at in an incident in March – said her mother was able to speak, the friend said.The Gallmann family own the 400-square-km Laikipia Nature Conservancy and employ 250 Kenyans on the luxury lodges, ranch, and other businesses on the land.He had gone to the ranch to inspect the remains of a friend's home that had been burned down.Gallmann was flown by helicopter to receive surgery at a hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.The government is clearly unable or unwilling to bring these attacks to a stop”.