Kuki Gallmann shot near her Kenya lodge in Laikipia

Kuki Gallmann
Kuki Gallmann. Photo: YouTube

Italian born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann is in a stable condition after being shot in the stomach on Sunday near her lodge in Laikipia.

The 73-year-old author of bestselling novel “I Dreamed of Africa”, was driving in her vehicle when she was ambushed. According to her daughter Sveva Makena, after being rushed to the Nanyuki County Hospital for emergency treatment she was flown to Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi for specialised treatment.

Last month, Kenyan cattle herders fired shots at Ms Gallmann and her daughter after burning down her luxury lodge, popular with European tourists, at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. This attack was believed to be in revenge after Kenyan security forces shot dead cattle that belonged to the herders days before.

The attack on Ms Gallmann follows the murder of former British army officer and lodge owner Tristan Voorspuy. 61-year-old Mr Voorspuy was shot dead by herdsmen in the area on March 5 while investigating the destruction of one of his properties.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta condemned the shooting of Ms Gallmann, warning politicians in the area not to inflame temperatures through “reckless rhetoric”.

“Politicians encouraging invasions of privately-owned property or attacks on individuals can expect strong deterrent action in terms of the law,” he said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

For any British nationals in the area who are concerned by the ongoing instability in the area, the High Commission have organised an outreach meeting at the Mpala Research Facility.