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MPs accuse government for insecurity

20 June 2012, 12:01 Tony Karomo

Four members of parliament yesterday raised sharp criticism against the government accusing it of laxity in providing security in Igembe North District saying the negligence led to the killing of eight herders last week.

The four Mps were speaking at Theera Primary school in Ndoleli division during a requiem mass service for the eight herders who were shot dead by suspected Borana cattle rustlers a week ago.

Grief and somber mood engulfed residents as leaders including two former MPS Maoka Maore and Raphael Muriungi openly accused the government of neglecting and sidelining them on security matters by failing to arm more Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) in the area.

The area MP Ntoitha M’Mithiaru said the government has failed in establishing enough police post in the area noting the shortage has created a great loop hole for the Borana, Turkana and Samburu communities to invade and terrorize residents.

“For how long will we continue singing the song to the government that our people are being killed by our neighboring communities. In a span of three weeks a total of 12 herders have been killed by the Borana communities, it’s painful to see Kenyans kill other Kenyans,” posed the Igembe North Legislator.

His sentiments were picked by East African Communities Assistant Minister Peter Munya who called on the government to act urgently and solve the dispute by posting more well equipped security personnel’s with enough patrol vehicles to end the perennial cattle rustling in Tigania and Igembe districts.

“We suspect the community has the intention of grabbing our land at the Northern Grazing zone, thats why they are murdering our people to scare them away but we assure them this will never happen,” said M’Mithiaru.

However Igembe South MP, Mithika Linturi and his Tigania West counterpart Kilemi Mwiria vowed to lead a delegation to President Mwai Kibaki next week to discuss the raging insecurity matters and push the government to compensate the families of the victims.

“If the government we support has failed to protect the lives of our people, then there is no need of having that government,” said Linturi.

Linturi cited that, even after the attack that led to the death of eight herders who were sprayed with bullets while asleep at a Manyatta in Ndoleli, the government did not take any initiate of even visiting the families of the deceased.

“It’s unfortunate we Meru MPs and other civic leaders had to contribute from our pockets to officiate the mortuary bills for the deceased while we have a government. We are calling for the urgent compensation of these people,” said Linturi.

Speaking the Meru County commissioner Chege Mwagi said several people have been arrest in connection with the raid noting justice will be applied to bring the assailants into books.

Later the deceased, Njenga Mugathia,Samuel Mbutura,Mutia Martin,Mati M’nanga,M’Mwirabua M’Maithula,Raphael Kainga,Joseph M,Rimba and Peter Mugathia were laid to rest in tearful ceremony.

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