November 21st 2017

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Death toll rises to 10, with hundreds displaced in the Meru-Isiolo border disputes

Area residents are accusing the government of neglecting them despite frequent attacks that have left several dead, others injured and property destroyed by their neighbors.

By Trizza Kimanitkimani@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 12 Jul 2017 14:03 EAT

The death toll following the Meru-Isiolo border dispute has reached 10 while three people are admitted at Meru Methodist hospital nursing gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile hundreds of residents at the Mpeketoni village in Meru have fled their homes and sought refuge at Kithithine Primary School turning classrooms to  homes. They have been displaced by the flare-up caused by the clashes pitting Merus and Borans.

The clashes started suddenly over the weekend after youth from one community stole a motor cycle from the other community. The theft renewed the perennial dispute between the pastoralists and farmers who live side by side. The latest clashes have intensified as one attack ignites  revenge.

A section of local leaders believe that the bandits are scaring away the locals before raiding their homes in an attempt to steal livestock from the farmers. Meru County commissioner Wilfred Nyangwanga says that the government is planning to open a police station at the Mpeketoni village which has reportedly been hit by the clashes.

The area residents are accusing the government of neglecting them despite frequent attacks that have left several dead, others injured and property destroyed by their neighbors. “We don’t have anywhere to stay. Our children are not going to school.” John Kithure, resident from Meru said in rage.

The Meru governor Peter Munya urged the government to compensate residents affected by the skirmishes. “We are telling the president and the cabinet secretary for security to take action”, he added.

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