, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Tension remained high in Maralal, Samburu on Thursday following the killing of two people, among them a student from Laikipia University.
The incident occurred after a group from the Samburu Community forcefully entered a police station in Maralal making away with 23 cows that were in police custody.
Police opened fire at the group leaving the campus student dead.
The second victim, a teenage boy, was attacked by the locals and killed.
Local leaders led by Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine accused the police of failing to restore peace in the area as residents continued to protest against insecurity.
“When the people of Samburu were dissatisfied with the response of police over the rise in insecurity they held a peaceful demonstration.
“Even after the OCS gave the go ahead for the demonstration the police opened fire at the protestors who were unarmed,” said Kasaine.
Samburu Women Representative Maison Leshomo condemned the attack demanding for the immediate action against police officers who opened fire on residents during Wednesday’s protests.
“We came to intervene in the situation as area leaders and we were met by hostile officers who needlessly opened fire on us.”
“The officers were reckless and we escaped by sheer luck from their bullets, and this officers need to give answer as to why they attacked protestors that did not cause any harm,” Leshomo said.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku in a statement assured that more police officers have been deployed to the region to restore peace.
“Security has been beefed up in the affected area and at the same time I strongly caution those engaging in lawlessness that they will be dealt with in accordance to the law.”