Police hunt for murder suspects inTana Delta
20 August 2012, 10:32
Provincial administration in Tana Delta district are pursuing armed youths who shot dead two farmers and injured four others at Kau village during a fierce fight between farmers and pastoralist communities.
The two rival communities are said to have differed over grazing land though sources from pastoralist communities have blamed the government for delay to intervene and political pressure.
According to Tana Delta district commissioner David Kiprop, Kenya police officers and provincial administration offocers have been deployed in some area of the affected by the clash to arrest the situation.
Spot check by journalists showed that on Wednesday over 200 well armed police had camped at Kilelengwani primary school in a bid to arrest suspects and trace back over 300 cattle which are said to have been take away from herdsmen when they were grazing living back about 200 calves.
Addressing journalists at Onido village in Kilelengwani location Salim Babia said provincial administration had delayed to address the issue of the two communities causing the clash which has claimed lies of two people.
Babia said there has been tension for months and some of pastoralsist communities herdsmen have been killed by unknown people but the government did not take any action of arresting suspects which he said has led to the chaos.
"We know also that there is a certain powerful politician in the area who is behind all this even though the government has given pastoralists communities a deaf ear for long," he noted.
He said their herdsmen were attacked by about 150 armed people who took away about 300 cattle after they fled for fear of losing their lives.
"About 200 calves are here helplessly because their mothers were taken away and other died after they were attacked with panga and swords by farmers during the incident when our herdsmen were grazing at Kau," he asserted.
On Wednesday DO1 Anthony Macharia led a security delegation to visit the area which was affected by the clash between the two communities.
However Tana Delta Peace committee chairman Jema Godhana called on locals in the area to be calm as the government and elders in the area meet to plan how to take back the lost cattle from the hands of the farmers.
"Tension is still there because pastoralists ave not yet got their cattle but we urge them to remain calm everything is being worked out by elders and security officials," he noted.
Meanwhile DC Kiprop said that they are planing to sent more police officers in the affected areas to make sure that the claimed lost cattle is taken back peaceful.
Kiprop who is also the district security committee chairman said that although some locals had flew away from their homestead security was being beefed up to ensure that everybody is secured in the area and avoid more clashes between the two Communions.
"You know there is that fear so some people have decided to leave their homestead and go to their relatives or even live in one place for safety but we are assuring them that our officers are not sleeping to provide security for them they should stay calm," noted the Tana Delta DC.
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