ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi during requiem mass for seven of the victims at Mweronkoro on January 12, 2022. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Salim Mutuma

ODM leader Raila Odinga has called for intensified security patrols along the Meru/Isiolo border following last week’s attack that left nine people dead and others injured.

The former prime minister who joined Meru leaders in a requiem mass for seven of the victims at Mweronkoro in Tigania East said it was the mandate of the security organs to protect the residents against such attacks.

“We cannot allow armed criminals to continue killing innocent people and police cannot trace them. It is the mandate of the security team to pursue the attackers and bring them to book,” said Mr Odinga.

The Presidential hopeful also urged communities living at the border to put aside their differences and live in harmony while vowing to push for unity in the region.

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi ordered the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to vacate the area saying their presence was posing a danger to residents.

“We want the army to stop land adjudication that they are conducting in this area and my government will give them an alternative land,” said Mr Kiraitu.

Ten (10) people were killed Wednesday last week in suspected retaliatory attack following ejection of camel herders from Meru side after the animals’ wreaked havoc on several farms at Mweronkoro area within the border.

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