Some 2,000 victims of banditry attacks in Kitui County have sued the national government seeking compensation.
The 365 families inhabiting the Kitui-Tana River border, want the State to compensate them for the loss of their loved ones, gun-inflicted injuries and destruction of property as well as stolen livestock.
Led by former Public Works Permanent Secretary (PS), Gideon Mulyungi, the affected residents marched through the streets of Kitui town to the local law courts where they filed a petition at the High Court’s registry on Wednesday.
Mulyungi accused the government of reluctance in ending the deadly attacks besides failing to compensate the community hence their resolve to move to court, saying the gun-toting bandits have overran parts of the county terrorising local people.
Mulyungi said the herders with their animals in tow have been grazing on farms and were determined to scare local people out of their lands.
“More than 31 innocent people have been killed in the last one year alone, dozens maimed, over 50 houses razed and hundreds of families displaced,” Mulyungi told journalists after filing the petition papers in court.
“We therefore demand that the government takes responsibility and compensate the aggrieved families since it is constitutionally mandated to protect the lives and property of its citizens,” Mulyungi added.
The former PS further said schools in banditry-prone Ukasi, Mwanzele and Sosoma areas of Mwingi East had not opened since the start of the term in January due to the runaway insecurity.
Source: Kenya News Agency.