A move to form peace committees proposed by Interior CS Matiangi might not bear much fruit after locals – who have fled their homes amid rising insecurity opposed the move at Inter-county security meeting held in Ukasi,Mwingi central,Kitui county.
“We cannot have any consensus with armed bandits who are raiding homes and killing our people. We are opposed to the move by Government to form the security committees” said Mary Mwendwa of Kasiluni village.
The high-powered security delegation, led by Eastern regional commissioner Mr Isaiah Nakoru and his Coast counterpart Mr John Elung’ata met local leaders drawn from the two counties in a move to resolve the tensions that have existed for many years leading to massive loss of lives.
The locals are also accusing area chiefs and ACC’s, alleging that they are conniving with the marauding Somali bandits (disguised as herders)
“How do we live in peace sleeping in the bushes? The main cause of our scary sleepless nights is geared by the local administration, the chiefs and ACCs who are working together with the bandits,” angry Mr.Wambua ,Ukasi resident said
A week ago, a villager tending his livestock near his homestead was gunned down, making locals flee their homes due to fear of gun attacks.
Addressing the press moments after the meeting which took more than six hours, the two regional commissioners assured residents living along the border between the two counties of enhanced security in future, while at the same time urging them to coexist in harmony.
Eastern Regional commissioner Isaiah Nakoru said that they decided to meet all stakeholders in order to restore peace along the border.
“ Elders from the two counties have been tasked with handling issues of pasture and water which have been the key causes of conflict, as camel herders and farmers clash, “Mr. Nakoru said
He also said that all those found illegally invading farms to grace their camels would be arrested and charged.
Coast Regional commissioner John Elung’ata said that their meeting was triggered by directive from Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i demanding security personnel from the two counties to sit and seek lasting solution for insecurity along the border between the two counties.
Mr. Elung’ata said that it was established that the camel herders who have been the cause of insecurity are neither from Kitui nor Tana River counties, hence leaders from the two counties resolved to do their part in ensuring that peace prevails and no camel herders go through Tana River county to cause mayhem in Kitui.
The affected areas in the volatile region include Kasiluni, Mandongoi, Sosoma and Kathungu.