Tension remains high in Chartende and Chelewele Wards of Bura Constituency, Tana River County, following the killing of two herders when rival communities fought over a watering point.
It all started on Thursday morning when herders from a neighbouring county who had moved to the area in search of water and pasture for their livestock demanded to water their animals at the watering point.
Local herders took the demand as an act of aggression because they did not seek permission from the elders or the community.
According to area Member of the County Assembly (MCA), Harum Hassan, the herders told off their counterparts claiming that water was God-given and that they had all the right to water their animals without seeking permission.
In the ensuing confrontation, the herders fought using sticks and available crude weapons where the visiting herders were overpowered in the 2pm incident.
On sensing defeat, the visiting headers retreated to their grazing field, came back armed and started shooting indiscriminately killing one Sambul Hassan, 31, on the spot.
The locals retaliated and killed one of the attackers whose identity could not be immediately established because they fled with the body of the deceased.
Hassan’s was taken to Garissa Referral Hospital where a postmortem was performed and released to the family for burial in Chartende area in accordance to Islamic rites.
Speaking on Saturday to the press in Madogo after meeting and consoling the affected families, area Member of Parliament (MP), Ali Wario urged pastoralist communities in Bura to share the available scarce pasture and water resources peacefully.
Wario said that the northern part of his constituency did not receive enough rain and that herders in the area had moved to the south that has received some considerable precipitations in the past one month.
As pastoralists, we should learn to share the available water and pasture. Today, you are endowed tomorrow may be my turn. That’s why you should allow your neighbour today because you never know of tomorrow, he appealed.
He thanked security agencies for moving with speed to separate the two groups.
The situation could have been bloodier if the security agencies did not arrive on time, he said.
Elders from both communities met last night to try and reconcile their people.
Source: Kenya News Agency