Tana River Governor appeals for calm

The Tana River Governor, Dhadho Gaddae Godhana has appealed to residents of Madogo to maintain peace following Wednesday’s mysterious deaths of two security guards.

He at the same time, urged police to speedily investigate the two deaths plus that of a civilian who was reportedly shot dead on Thursday when police battled it out with irate residents who had attempted to torch a hardware shop where the two watchmen worked.

The security guards were murdered in cold blood by unknown people, but locals believe they were killed by the shop owner to perform rituals since similar incidents were said to have taken place at the same shop on February 1, 2016 and 2017.

The angry mob stormed the shop armed with crude weapons accusing the businessman of offering his employees as sacrifices in cultic rituals.

In an attempt to disperse the angry mob, police shot and injured several people, one of whom was said to have died as he underwent treatment at a local health facility.

Addressing area leaders, Governor Godhana said he had been following up the issue all day with the Tana North Deputy County Commissioner, Sub County Administrators and the police.

So far, security teams have been deployed in order to restore calm and order but I urge our people to avoid taking law into their hands, the governor said.

Among the leaders who held a meeting with the governor in his office were Madogo Member of County Assembly, Abdi Ergamso and County Assembly Majority Leader, Ibrahim Adamow (Bangale) and community elders, Mahamoud Wario and Yaqub Komoro who the governor then sent to the area to join their people and ensure calm returns.

I call for speedy investigations and no stone should be left unturned until the perpetrators are apprehended and face the full force of the law, the governor said.

Source: Kenya News Agency