Border Dispute between Tana River and Kitui Counties

By Bwire Marvin.

 

A border dispute pitting two communities in Tana river and Kitui counties is taking an ugly twist after suspected security officers patrolling the area shot and killed more than 100 camels in two different locations. The Bloody clashes between the two rival communities from Kitui and Tana River over disputed boundary, pasture and water is escalating by the day.

According to herders who were grazing the camels in Boka, a team of security officers in two vehicles and a lorry descended on their herd at around noon and started indiscriminately spraying them with bullets. Reports indicate that the same team raided villages in Basin Hargeisa where they torched manyattas and killed at least 15 camels. A stench from decomposing carcasses of fully grown camels and their young ones with feasible bullet wounds was vivid.

Addressing the press in Kalabaa a visibly angry area MP Ali Wario pointed an accusing finger at the security officers for allegedly turning against one community. Wario threatened to sue the interior CS Joseph Nkaisery, police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet for the loss. The MP asked the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to get to the bottom of the problem and ensure those behind the destruction of property in the area are brought to book.

The long standing border dispute between residents of Mwingi in Kitui county and those in Basin Hargeisa in Tana River has seen several lives and property destroyed.

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