8 people killed in fresh Tana violence

File photo shows locals wounded in a previous attack in the Tana Delta/CFM-FIle

File photo shows locals wounded in a previous attack in the Tana Delta/CFM-FIle

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 9 – At least eight people have been killed and nine others seriously wounded in fresh attacks in the Tana Delta.

The Wednesday morning attack occurred at Nduru division near Ijara, according to police.

“Eight people have been killed and houses burnt. We have nine others who have been taken to hospital with injuries,” a senior police officer in the region told Capital FM News.

The officer said those killed include people from the Orma and Pokomo rival communities, which have been at loggerheads since August last year when 100 people were killed.

The Kenya Red Cross flashed an alert on its Twitter handle with no casualty details. “Fresh Attacks in Tana Delta at Nduru Village. Disaster response team from Garsen hub deployed.”

There was no word from Coast Provincial Police chief Aggrey Adoli on the latest flare-up.

The two communities have been fighting over grazing fields but police have lately indicated the war is likely fuelled by local politicians ahead of the General Election due in March.

On December 21 last year, 45 people were shot and others hacked to death, prompting a visit to the region by newly appointed Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and Internal Security Minister Katoo ole Metito.

“We will not sit back and watch politicians continue inciting communities to violence,” Metito warned during the December visit. “You will not be on the ballot paper if you continue with this.”

Kimaiyo confirmed Wednesday’s attack but did not offer much detail.

“We have been told of the attack this morning and we have sent our officers to the ground to establish what exactly happened and pursue the attackers,” the police chief said.

A disarmament exercise ordered by Kimaiyo (READ about his visit to Tana River) has been going on in the area since late last year but little is known of its progress.

BERNARD MOMANYI

BERNARD MOMANYI

Bernard is the News Editor at Capital FM. He commands over a decade of experience in news gathering having worked in both print and electronic media. He holds a BSc degree in Information Sciences from Moi University where he is currently enrolled for a Masters programme.

  • buda

    the problem with tana has nothing to do with politics,the pokomos hate cushites and thats why u dnt usually see peoples of those communities associating with each other.pokomos hate cushitesbecause back in the 60s and 70s they were the source of insecurity on the pokomo side of tana pokomos were always fleeing frm attacks frm somalis and ormas thats why it was impossible in those day 2 see a big shop in pokomo villages.shops were always being raided by somali looking peoples with guns pokomos has 2 find a way 2 survive and bcause the attacks usually came frm peoples with cushitic features the whole pokomo community hated cushites thatswhy even buses usually used by cushites are shunned by pokomos its 4 the government 2 reconcile the communities in tana and tel them 2 forget what happened in the past.pokomos beleived they were made poor by those attacks it was near impossible to do business in pokomo villages in those days.