Top Stories / National
Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 09:45 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Angry residents of Mutha ward, Kitui County have threatened not to participate in the August 8, elections if the deteriorating insecurity in the area is not addressed by the government. The residents of Mutomo sub-county have given notice to the National Government to drive away herders from Tana River County.
The residents have resorted to demonstrations along Mutha road as they make their cries heard. Last week Chrispod Ngang’a who is the OCPD from that area led the troops in a mission of driving the intruders together with their camels from their farms but the residents are claiming that the mission was not successful and they will not allow the intruders graze their animals in the area. The residents vowed to disrupt the normal operations in Mutha Market tomorrow if the OCPD fails to respond to their grievances positively.
“Camels were not driven away. Those are lies, I can show you where they are and the OCPD should stop fooling us”, said one of the residents.
To prove that they are ready to paralyze operations of the Mutha market today they made Mutha- Mutomo impassable yesterday. They blamed the OCPD and the leaders from their area for failing to resolve the dispute.
A few days ago Kitui Governor Julius Malombe together with one of MCA aspirant during their campaigns politicized the issue of security by telling the residents of Mutomo that the Oromos are invading the area as they search for their cattle which were stolen by the Kambas in the 1980’s.
Talking on the issue of security of Kitui County, Kitui Senator David Musila who is also campaigning to oust Malombe said that proper plans had been made by the late Interior Cabinet Secretary Major General (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery to train police reservists to deal with the situation and they will be graduating soon. He furthermore said that he will provide them with security if he is elected to be Kitui governor come 8 August.
Some of the areas such as Mwingi North, Mwingi East, Mutomo and Ikutha sub-counties of Kitui County have been facing constant attacks by bandits which has forced the residents to arm themselves and take the law in their hands in defense. This has being going on for long leaving many people dead with others being forced to flee their homes.