Kitui leaders led by senator David Musila have called security authorities in the country to flush out armed and illegal headers who have intruded Mwingi area.
The leaders who met at Kasiluni market in kyuso Sub County threatened to take law into their arms if the government does not move in swiftly to address the problem.
The senator noted they were tired of empty promises from interior cabinet secretary’s office, saying that they wanted actions as three men have already been felled by the bandits.
“Last year after 15 men died in the hands of Somali bandits together with members of parliament we went to Nkaissery’s office but there was no assistance was accorded to us by the office” noted Musila.
Musila who also threatened to mobilise all elected leaders of Kitui to storm Nkaissery’s office urged the government to consider issuing firearms to locals as a long to remedy to this recurrent problem that has spanned to over a decade now.
Increment of police officers and police vehicles in the area was also pointed out by the leaders as one of the long term remedy ways to curb insecurity in the area, this area has less than police officers.
Locals here have since taken to forests for fear of the bandits who kill at sight .
“Several homes have been burnt by these people prompting locals to flee to safer areas in Ngomeni markets and in nearby bushes ” said ODM women league chair Beth Syengo.
This meeting that was attended by all MCAs from Mwingi North constituency and youth leaders led by their chairman Aggrey Nzomo comes barely a week after three people were killed and scores injured in the skirmishes between the two communities.
Responding to the issue Kitui County Commissioner Boaz jerotich said that they have deployed police officers in the area.
Mangombo, kasiluni, Twambui and Mutha areas are the most hit by banditry attacks that result out of water and pastures.
By Abel Mutuku