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Tension in Tana Delta as abandoned properties are vandalised

12 October 2012, 12:35 Alloys Musyoka

Tension is building up at Nduru and Laini villages of Tarasaa division in Tana Delta district after unknown people broke into a Nduru primary school and stole food.

The unknown people believed to be from Orma communities raided the school on Thursday night and made away with unknown amount of government school food feeding program before they headed to Laini village and broke windows and doors which they also took away.

Tarasaa area counselor Mr. Ben Maneno said that the thieves broke into the school offices stealing food and later proceeded to a nearby village which was left by internally displaced people and stole windows,iron sheets and doors.

He said the gang committed the alleged crime even after government assured locals in the region that police officers were patrolling the area day and night

Maneno said such a raid was a clear indication that security is still a problem to locals in the area.

“If people can come at night and steal in a school where police are said to be manning and also proceed to a village and break in take doors and window and iron sheets that shows there is no security,” posed the civic leaders.

The incident happens as Tana Delta teachers’ association head Mr. Guvo Buya noted that they had blacklisted 9 primary schools among them Nduru citing insecurity issue facing the areas.

He said in Tarasaa division which has about 21 primary schools 9 will remain closed until next year when insecurity issues will have been well addressed by the government by returning back families that fled away due to tribal clash.

The teacher added that a part from Nduru many primary school among the blacklisted 9 have been broken into by thieves who stole food and other teachers equipments scaring teachers from going back to teach.

The schools he said include,Semikaro,Kau,Riketa,Nduru,Kilelengwani,Chamwanamuma,Kibokoni,Shirikisho and Ozi primary school respectively.

We can not go back to schools where thieves broke into even after government keep on insisting security officers are patrolling there day and night never. They will remain closed until next year,” said Buya.

However Tana Delta district commissioner Mr. David Kiprop said the incident was note reported to him noting that he will come back to us after contacting his officers on the ground.

“I can’t deny that there is such a case but since it was not reported to me I don’t want to speculate let me find out and come back to you please,” he said.

Coast province deputy police boss and the commander in charge of the GSU operation in Tana River Robert Kipkimboi Katur could not be reached for comment since his phone was not going through before publication of the article.

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