Isiolo MCAs Meja Abdullahi, Halima Abgudo and Diba Abdirashid Ali of Chari, Cherab and Garbatulla address journalists in Isiolo town on November 5. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

By Betty Luke

Isiolo MCAs have condemned Thursday’s Merti killing of two young men by bandits said to have come from neighbouring Marsabit County and asked the government to expedite investigations and bring the culprits to book.

The pair, including a Kenya Medical Training College student, were riding on a motorbike after collecting some livestock fodder when they were shot dead along Merti-Dogogicha road.

The MCAs have following the incident accused the government of doing little to contain the incessant attacks that they said had claimed dozens of lives and resulted to loss of thousands of animals in the recent past.

Cherab MCA Halima Abgudo said in most cases, police do not arrest the attackers and stolen animals are never recovered exposing residents who rely on pastoralism to inexplicable suffering.

She said the continued invasion of grazing fields and watering points by armed herders and bandits from neighbouring counties of Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit and Samburu counties had impoverished many families.

“We are afraid because the attacks have become a norm. We are tired of burying our people. The government must end the attacks,” she said.

The insecurity, she said, had disrupted learning in Yamicha, Alango and Urura areas with families fleeing to other areas for fear of subsequent attacks.

Her Garbatulla counterpart Diba Abdirashid Ali said schools in Korbesa, Escort and Eldera had also been affected by the spate of insecurity.

Mr Diba said majority of the attacks were aimed at expanding the boundaries and taking over watering points and grazing fields.

“The government must move with speed and secure our people and their properties,” he said while claiming that in most cases, police officers deployed to troubled areas were manning main roads and not pursuing the criminals.

Chari MCA Meja Abdullahi said illegal herders from neighbouring counties were invading their lands without following he laid down resource-sharing protocols and turning against the host communities.

“The government should act on intelligence reports and put in place measures to prevent the attacks,” he said, adding that section of Merti-Gotu road was impassable due to presence of armed bandits who have been ambushing travelers along the stretch.

Ms Abgudo appealed to the government to fast-track establishment of buffer zones within the border areas and deploy more National Police Reservists to hotspot areas to prevent loss of lives and properties.

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