Police in Tana River County have shot and injured two herders who were found grazing their livestock in a farm cultivated with water melon and maize crops at Fanjua village, Kinakomba location of Galole Sub County.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday in his office, Tana River County Police Commander (CPC),Fredrick Ochieng said the owner of the farm Abdalla Komora on Monday found seven Somali herders grazing their animals in the shamba and asked them to leave but they refused.
He said the farmer rushed to an AP camp nearby and reported the incident to Administration Police Officers who accompanied him to the farm.
Ochieng said, when the police officers asked the herders to drive out their animals, the herders attacked the police officers with rungus and added in the resulting fracas one herder was shot by a stray bullet on the right thigh from the police officers that disabled the herder and he was arrested.
The CPC also said the police arrested another herder but the rest fled to avoid arrests.
Ochieng further said, the injured herder was taken to Hola County Hospital for treatment while under police guard.
He also said, the police recovered two spears, a panga and three rungus at the scene, adding that police will not allow irresponsible herders to damage cultivated crops.
The CPC said, the suspects will be arraigned in court to answer charges of damaging crops after being discharged from Hospital.
By Simon Guruba