Over 100 People Flee Homes in Laikipia Clashes, Governor Muriithi Says
More than 100 people have fled their homes following the on-going clashes in Laikipia with area leaders now calling for more diverse security measures to quell the banditry.
In an interview with Ghetto Radios’ Brekko Show Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi says there is panic and many are fleeing their residences for safety.
Muriithi says many of the affected residents have camped in churches and are only visiting their homes during the day under security.
“We have 100 people who are seeking shelter, most of them are supported at Catholic church and others at Deliverance Church …a number are able to go back to their homes during the day but seeking shelter overnight at churches …the immediate spark is mainly Pokot individuals who claimed that two of them were taken from Olmoron market by unknown people like Tuesday so they retaliated like going down to Amaya and abducting traders at Amaya,” Muriithi told Ghetto Radio.
According to Muriithi another factor fueling violence is the 30,000 hectares Laikipia West Ranch. He says owners have never settled there properly as a result of banditry.
Meanwhile he has clarified that only one class room was torched down by bandits but not the entire school as reported by a section of the media.
“Citizens here are fearful given that yesterday even as we were within the vicinity these bandits still manage to torch a class and now the right reporting is that a class was burning and we put out the fire so it is not the whole school that burnt,” he added.
Yesterday Rift Valley Regional Commander George Natembeya raised issues with the kind of weapons used by the bandits saying they are using more sophisticated weapons, which are often used by international army soldiers.
“While our officers are using AK47 and G3 rifles, the bandits in Laikipia are using M16s and other heavy machinery, which are usually used by foreign armies who come for training in Kenya. We don’t know how they get these heavy weapons,” Natembeya told the media.