Residents advised against livestock raids as herder is killed

Anxiety has gripped North Horr ward in Marsabit county following reports of the killing of a herdsman at Malka Baqaqa village by suspected cattle rustlers.

The police however, said that investigations into the matter had started and could therefore not confirm or deny the killing of the middle aged man.

Area Member of County Assembly (MCA), Tura Ruru however, insisted that the incident occurred as the attackers attempted to steal livestock.

Ruru told the press that the crime took place despite security agents having been tipped of the impending attack.

The MCA complained that yesterday’s incident brought to three the number of people killed in the area by rustlers in the last two months.

He challenged security organs in the area to up their game in fighting the menace which he regretted was creeping and now a threat not only to lives but development as well.

Information on security and crime passed to law enforcement agents in this area is being ignored, he claimed and asked the police to ensure that the support they were getting from residents does not waiver.

The North Horr OCPD, Joel Chebii said on telephone that he was yet to get proper information regarding the incident.

Chebii however, said that all was being done to restore calm in the entire sub county.

He at the same time called local communities to shun the practice of livestock raids which he termed as outdated and criminal.

I am calling upon pastoralist communities here to maintain peace and coexist peacefully among themselves, said the OCPD

Source: Kenya News Agency