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Outcry Over Herders’ Invasion in Kitui Farms

Kitui county senator Enoch Wambua has decried over massive destruction of crops in Kyuso sub County by herders who have infiltrated the area from neighbouring Tana River County.

The Senator expressed fear of a possible prolonged food shortage in the area unless the camel herders are flushed out of the county.

Wambua who toured the sub county  witnessed the crop destruction at some farms he visited and called on government to flush out the herders.

He lamented that armed marauding Somali camel herders have driven their animals into farms resulting in conflict between the pastoralist and the farmers.

“Ongoing rains are of no benefit to farmers whose crops have been destroyed by the camels and food aid is only the option,” he regretted as he warned that unless the herders are flushed out, acts of lawlessness will persist in the area.

He noted that dozens of families had fled their homes in neghbouring Kitui East constituency for fear of attack by the marauding armed camel herders and they are yet to return to their homes.

“Some 12 Twelve families in the volatile Kinale village have been displaced by the  guntotting camel herders who have invaded and evicted the locals from their farmlands with the government not restoring peace in the area,” the senator  said.

Early this month, Mwingi North Member of Parliament Paul Nzengu threatened to lead his constituents in flushing out the armed Somali pastoralists if the government fails to evict them.

MP Nzengu made the threats at Kasiluni area in Kyuso Sub County during a burial of a man who had been shot dead by the armed herders.


By Denson Mututo and Margaret Kimathi


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