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About 99 per cent of deaths in Kinango-Kwale caused by locals

15 February 2016, 15:51 John Kioko

Kwale - Kinango deputy County Commissioner, Moses Ivuto has decried the high rates of deaths caused by members of the community in the area.

Ivuto said that 99 per cent of deaths in the area have been caused by the locals themselves while the rest are as a result of natural causes.

“We have heard a lot of cases where elderly men and women are murdered by their own relatives on suspicion of practicing witchcraft,” he said.

Addressing a public baraza at Samburu on Monday, Ivuto said local residents have been organizing murders in the area which is not fair.

“Such murders have landed two of our officers in court,” he said.

The officer said they are trying their best to trace and arrest those propagating the vice so they can be brought to book.

“In some cases, children organize to kill their parents and sometimes relatives plot against each other. We must fight this issue together,” he said.

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He warned that if leaders fail to work with security officials and the community in fighting the menace, the region will become inhabitable.

“Remember today you are leaders and tomorrow you will be the senior citizens who face the threat of being murdered,” he added.

He said the community is already working towards weeding out those killing the elderly people in the area.

“We have seen locals arrest suspects and hand them over to us, which means they are committed in the fight against the vice. We are going to do everything possible to arrest those hired to kill elderly people in Kinango because we have lost a lot of people,” he added.

Ivuto took issue with human rights organizations in the region saying they should not fight for the rights of citizens selectively.

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