The Tana River County Government on Thursday threatened to sue the National government following the killing of camels allegedly by security officers.
The governor, Hussein Dado said the weekend shooting and killing of 105 camels in Bisan Hargesa and Boka areas along the Tana River and Kitui common border was inhuman and urged the Inspector General of Police to explain what exactly led to the incident.
We have asked the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and veterinary officers to assess the loss incurred by the owners of the camels with a view to seeking compensation from the government, he said.
The visibly angry Governor, who was speaking at the Hola Stadium during the Madaraka Day celebrations, urged IPOA and the Inspector General of Police to punish the officers who shot the camels dead.
These people are giving the Jubilee Government a bad name and should be punished because their action could deny Jubilee votes.My heart is bleeding because of this action and I need to be told why, Dado said.
He said the action had been intended to deny the Jubilee government votes by painting it as ineffective authoritarian.
This is not the policy of Jubilee, it is the policy of people who want to paint Jubilee as inept government when we know that the government is very strong, the Govenor added.
Dado said his administration would sue the IG, the Attorney General, the Kitui County Commissioner and the Kitui County Police Commander if proper explanations are not given within one week.
He said the owners of the camels were residents of Tana River, some of whom had settled in the area for more than 50 years.
The Governor said the County Government will send relief food to the affected camel owners as it seeks justice, adding the loss incurred is more than Shs. 20 million.
There is an ongoing security operation along the border that was commissioned by Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaisery, in February following bloody clashes between camel herders and farmers in Mwingi East Sub-County, Kitui.
Source: Kenya News Agency