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Grief as Nyeri loses 10 in fresh attacks

03 December 2014, 10:33 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Grief has gripped residents of Nyeri County after it emerged that among the 36 people killed in a Mandera quarry Tuesday, about 10 were from Kieni and Nyeri town constituencies.

They hailed from villages of Kiganjo, Nyaribo, Gaitei, Aguthi-Ndiriti and Chaka Township.

Elizabeth Kagure Matu lost her son, Muchiri Matu and nephew, Njaramba Kihia.

She said that Muchiri, 40, who was a father of three went to Mandera about two months ago in search of a job.

“I got the sad news from his cousin Mwangi Kihia whom they were working together. I don’t know why they decided to execute my hardworking sons,” said bereaved Kagure. Her widowed daughters-in-law could not talk to the press.

Friends and relatives jammed the homestead to console the family.

A quarry businessman based in Chaka township, Ndung’u Nderitu reported that he knew the deceased persons stating that they were working together initially at local quarries before they moved to Mandera to seek for greener pastures.

He said they were earning well in Mandera, not less than KES 24 per foot of stones compared to Chaka's pay of KES 7 per foot.

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“My friends went Mandera because of better pay. They were earning triple of what we earn here. Their high skills were outsourced from this area,” said Ndung’u.

Alex Kariuki, another quarry businessman, claimed that those who survived the massacre said they had been served notices a fortnight ago ordering non-Muslims to vacate the quarries or face unspecified consequences.

“The 14-day notice was lapsing today (Tuesday) and our colleagues were preparing to vacate when they were killed. They are saying the number of those killed is higher than 36,” said Kariuki.

The families were preparing to move to Nairobi to identify the bodies as they have already been lifted from the scene.

However, there was tension at Chaka following reports of retaliatory attacks against one ethic community.

Police officers in uniform and others in civilian clothes were immediately deployed in the area to avert any crime.

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