Two killed in Marsabit ethnic clashes

Several houses torched following the violence which started on Wednesday night

North Horr MP Chachu Ganya (in front) in Forole town on January 14, 2014. He is accusing security agencies of laxity, saying they had prior intelligence on the violence which started on September 5 in Orondere village in Marsabit. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

IN SUMMARY

  • Saku deputy county commissioner Joseph Nyakwara said two other people are nursing bullet injuries.

  • One of those killed was a police reservist.

  • North Horr MP Chachu Ganya accused security agencies of laxity, saying they had prior intelligence of the impending attack.

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Two people have been killed and several houses torched following ethnic clashes in Orondere village in Marsabit on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Confirming the incident, Saku deputy county commissioner Joseph Orambui Nyakwara said two other people are nursing bullet injuries.

CHACHU GANYA

He said one of those killed was a police reservist from the Gabbra conservation scheme.

“We have contained the situation and there are no attacks at the moment. Police have been deployed in the area,” Mr Nyakwara said.

However, North Horr MP Chachu Ganya said the clashes should not have happened since the county security team had prior intelligence of the impending attack.

“Two days ago, some people from a different community came and settled at Orondere. The residents called their leaders and I specifically talked to people from the county commissioner’s office,” Mr Ganya said.

MARSABIT

He said the security team, led by Marsabit Central assistant county commissioner, were on the ground on Wednesday, but the clashes started later that night.

“We hope the security team will be able to contain the clashes, which is still ongoing. We are calling on our people to stop fighting over grazing fields; we can all co-exist peacefully,” Mr Ganya said.

 

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