Road in Meru remains closed as protest over insecurity continues

By: DAVID MUCHUI

The Maua-Garbatulla road remained closed for the third day Thursday as Meru and Borana communities protested over insecurity.

Residents barricaded the road at the Kiutine market and sections of Kinanduba, near the Meru-Isiolo border.

Tension remained high in the area and shops in Kiutine were closed and traders kept off the open-air market.

On Wednesday, about 100 mine workers from Meru were evacuated by police from Duse in Isiolo for fear of attacks.

This followed an early morning incident in which a boda boda rider and a passenger were rescued by police from a mob in Kiutine. Their motorcycle was torched.

Mr Njeru Nyagah, one of the evacuated miners, said animosity was building between the two communities, leading to their flight.

Igembe North OCPD Peter Kimani said police from Igembe North and Isiolo South had intensified patrols between Kiutine in Meru and Kinna in Isiolo to restore peace.

The residents are protesting ongoing conflicts in the northern grazing zones and cattle rustling that have caused many deaths in the region.

The most affected sub-counties are Tigania East, Igembe Central, and Igembe North, which borders Isiolo County.

In the most recent incident, suspected Borana cattle rustlers attacked a village in Igembe North, leaving seven people dead and more than 500 animals stolen.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION