Security has been beefed up along the Meru and Isiolo border following the death of four people in retaliatory attacks after two boda-boda riders were killed today.
The security officers have been dispatched to the area between Kinna in Isiolo side and Kiutine in Meru county as the tension continued to rise over the killing of the riders who were ferrying Miraa to Kinna town.
Garbatula Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Kipchumba Rutto has confirmed the killing and the counter attacks that took place at Kiutine in Meru, where two herders were killed.
After news about the death of two riders broke at Kiutine trading centre, the residents reacted by killing two people who were selling animals in the market, Mr. Rutto said.
The DCC said security agents were immediately dispatched to control tension as local residents were stoning other livestock traders in the market before officers from Kiutine police post intervened.
Mr. Rutto condemned the act of lawlessness and urged residents of the two counties to respect the rule of law and report the criminals to the authorities instead of taking the law in their own hands.
He said the criminals who killed the boda-boda riders and stole a motorbike and Miraa from the deceased were suspected to be from Biliqo area in Merti Sub County.
He warned that those behind the barbaric act would not be allowed to go scot-free, and appealed to Borana Council of Elders and the Njuri Ncheke of Meru to move with speed and help the government to broker peace.
Source: Kenya News Agency