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Armed bandits terrorizing Kitui County residents

09 June 2015, 08:08 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Kitui County legislators have raised concern over looming insecurity in the region that has left about 65 people dead, hundreds displaced and nine schools closed since last year.

Six MPs from the county led by Senator, David Musila said bandits armed with AK47 rifles from neighboring North Eastern region have been “subjecting residents to humiliation by attacks with no apparent reason” and called on the national government to intervene with urgency.

“In the last two weeks, the invaders killed five people in Mwingi North, three in Mwingi South constituencies and over 1 000 have fled from their homes and residents are living in fear of attacks,” said Musila.

Musila said the County leaders discussed the problem with Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery who assured them of more security in the region.

Tthe senator said the government should also ensure victims of the attacks whose houses were burnt and property destroyed are compensated.  

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“The attackers have been grazing their camels on the residents’ plantations and when questioned, they claim the crops are God-given then shoot you before torching your house. If insecurity in Kitui and Tana River is not checked, it may extend to other areas and become a national problem,” warned Musila.

Kitui East MP, Mutua Muluvi said the government should establish permanent police patrol bases within volatile areas of the County in addition to deployment of police reservists as an immediate response to insecurity.

Mwingi North MP, John Munuve said County has faced a four-year drought season until this year and residents were hopeful to harvest food in abundance but the insecurity is forcing most of them to flee and abandon their crop plantations.

“We are hopeful the government’s swift response will help restore normalcy in the region because many farmers risk losing their produce,” said Munuve.

The legislators said the bandits have killed 25 in Kitui South constituency, 22 in Mwingi North and 18 in Kitui East totaling to 65 lives yet the government has not responded despite the outcry from residents and leaders.

The legislators were speaking at a press conference in Parliament Buildings.

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