MCA grilled over stock theft in Tana River
07 August 2015, 10:25
Mombasa - CID officers in Tana River County on Thursday grilled a member of Tana River County Assembly suspected to be the mastermind behind the alleged theft and illegal slaughter of livestock in the area.
Mohamed Buya Yusa, the MCA for Mikinduni ward in Galole constituency was questioned for about two hours over his alleged involvement in the disappearance and slaughter of cattle and goats in his ward.
The politician was escorted to the Tana River Divisional Headquarters by fellow MCAs Manasseh Guyo and Linah Maya Jara and a number of his supporters.
The grilling session was led by Chief Inspector Calist Mauko, the Tana River sub-County Criminal Investigation Officer in the presence of the two other MCAs and supporters, although reporters were kept out.
After the interrogations, Buya said he would issue a statement later over the matter, although he had pleaded innocent.
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Tana River Officer Commanding Police Division, Sylvester Githungo confirmed that the MCA was under investigation for his alleged involvement in stock theft but did not give more details.
Buya was summoned by Chief Inspector George Ndegwa who said he had reasons to believe the MCA had information that would help him with his investigations.
Tension has been rising in Bondeni area within Mikinduni ward following the disappearance of livestock, which was later found slaughtered inside a thicket.
National Government Administrative Officers have held several meetings after members of a pastoral community threatened to attack a neighboring community accusing it of the disappearance and eventual slaughter of their animals.
Wenje Assistant County Commissioner, Fred Mwangangi held a public baraza in Bondeni last week to quell the tension. He said although the animals were being slaughtered, it was not known where the meat was being consumed.
“It is intriguing that the animals are being killed but we have not established where the meat is being consumed,” he told reporters.
“We urge owners of butcheries to be vigilant and avoid buying meat from the thieves,” he cautioned.
His sentiments were echoed by Acting Tana River Deputy County Commissioner, who separately told journalists that incidents of stock theft in the sub county were on the rise.
He also warned perpetrators of the crime that they would be arrested and prosecuted.
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