Kwale County Commissioner, Evans Achoki has appealed to members of the public to volunteer information which could lead to the arrest of unknown group of people who attacked and seriously injured scores of Somali herders in Kinango Sub-County over the weekend.
Speaking to KNA in his office on Monday, Achoki who is also the chairman of the County Security Committee said the attack which left the targeted herders seriously wounded could have been caused by tension between the pastoralists and the local community over grazing land rights.
He said so far nobody had been arrested but police have launched investigations with a view to arresting the invaders who attacked the herders with bows and arrows and crude weapons in Silaloni area.
At least five victims were admitted to Mariakani Sub-county Hospital and Coast General Referral Hospital.
“The area Deputy County Commissioner is still on the ground assessing the situation”, said Achoki.
He further warned that stern action will be taken against anybody who will be linked to the incident either in form of incitement or participation.
“Although there are no arrests yet, I assure the public that the police have been deployed to secure the affected area and to make sure there will be no repeat of a similar incident”, he said, adding that reconciliation meetings will also be held to solve the issue and to avert further conflict.
He however, pleaded with the locals and the herders to learn how to resolve their differences amicably instead of fighting and injuring others.
In 2014, five people died and several others seriously injured when members of two pastoralists communities clashed over grazing land in the 69,000 hectare-Kuranze ranch also in Kinango.
By James Muchai