By Linah Musangi
Mwingi, 22nd Feb 2018: Residents of Sosoma and Ukasi areas in Mwingi East sub county are living in fear after Somali herders invaded their farms and started grazing their camels.
These herders who are armed with guns are said to have been forced out of Mutha and Zombe areas by Kitui South leaders
They have been grazing in these two areas for a period of two weeks now,leading to lack of pasture and water for the resident’s livestock.
Reports have been made to the police and no action has been taken so far,leaving residents wondering where to run to.
Residents said they are helpless for they can not interrogate these somalis who are armed and they fear being attacked and killed.
“We are scared because no action has been taken,its like police is taking sides with the herders”, said a resident.
They are urging both the county and the national government to intervene and do away with the pastoralists,otherwise a fight will emerge between the two communities leading to deaths like before.
Commenting on the matter, Mwingi Central constituency Member of National Assembly Dr.Gideon Mulyungi said that he is aware of the intervention of Sosoma and Ukasi areas by these nomads,adding that the National Police Reservists in the area should do away with them as the government through the Ministry of Interior Security looks for a permanent solution to end this menace.