The national government has cautioned residents of Mutha, Kitui South, have been warned against leasing pasture to armed Somali camel herders invading their land from Tana River County.
Kitui County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich yesterday lamented that the locals have been entering into lease agreements for grazing pastures and water with the herdsmen without involving the authorities.
“We discourage the people of Mutha from accepting cash from the invaders so as to allow them graze their livestock in the area and action will be taken against those found condoning the illegal dwellers.
“Such practices have led to influx of camel herders in the area and has made it difficult to curb pasture-related conflicts, which have in the past few years claimed lives of dozens of locals, and restore peace,” he lamented.
He spoke at Kefri Center during a consultative meeting with officers from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).
The county security chief affirmed the State’s commitment to evict the gun-brandishing herders from the volatile area along the Kitui-Tana River border but argued that the locals must play their part by cooperating and providing crucial information to security agencies.