200 households return to their homes in Igembe Central after security assurance

Over 200 households in Igembe Central Sub County of Meru County on Thursday relocated to their homes which they had abandoned to escape attacks from thugs.

The families from Ithika, Ntukai, Mpeketoni, Maraene, Kinanduba and Kathucine villages had fled their homes following attacks that area administration said was prompted by the lynching of a bodaboda rider, suspected to be a thief, in Kiutine area.

Area Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Buxton Mayabi cautioned residents against causing unnecessary alarm and maintained that the security situation had been resolved.

Mayabi was speaking at Ntukai Market where the affected families gathered to receive non-food items from the Kenya Red Cross Society in collaboration with other well-wishers.

The DCC assured members of the public that peace has been restored and enough police officers deployed in the area where 10 people were killed in retaliatory attacks following the death of a motor cyclist.

The recent attacks saw several houses burnt down and property of unknown value destroyed, he said, adding that investigations have been launched into reports that some residents were torching their houses to compensation.

He dismissed claims that the killings were politically instigated, cautioning residents against buying such propaganda.

Mayabi said that the government was planning to establish a police station in the area to curb insecurity and cattle rustling. Establishment of a primary school in the area was also in the pipeline.

Kenya Red Cross Eastern Regional Coordinator, Mugambi Gitonga appealed to the communities living along the Meru-Isiolo border to live peacefully.

Source: Kenya News Agency