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Nairobi - A Kenyan herder pleaded not guilty on Tuesday after being charged with the murder of a British man in the east African country's northern region last month.

Tristan Voorspuy, a British military veteran who ran a safari company in Kenya, was shot dead at a private ranch in the drought-stricken Laikipia region.

He had gone to the ranch to inspect the remains of a friend's home that had been burnt down by herders days earlier.

There have been numerous attacks in Laikipia in recent months as armed cattle herders searching for scarce grazing have driven tens of thousands of cattle onto private farms and ranches. At least a dozen people have been killed.

"I have not killed anyone" said Samson Lokayi after a murder charge was read to him and translated in local Swahili language at a high court in Nanyuki town in northern Kenya.

Lokayi applied for bail but the judge, Mary Kasanga, ordered that he remain in jail pending determination of his application.