Interior ministry gives illegal firearm holders 48-hour-ultimatum to forfeit weapons

November 8, 2019 (6 days ago) 4:11 pm
Matiangi also warned that government will no longer tolerate violence occasioned by political rivalry and competition in the county/CFM-FILE.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Friday met with Marsabit leaders following recent killings witnessed in the area which left 10 dead after a banditry attack.

The attacks are said to have happened on Tuesday night when bandits laid an ambush on a vehicle leaving three people dead.

Seven others are said to have been killed in a retaliatory attack, among them two police officers who were on patrol.

The CS ordered locals in possession of illegal firearms to surrender them within 48 hours warning of dire consequences to those who will fail to honor the directive.

Matiangi also warned that government will no longer tolerate violence occasioned by political rivalry and competition in the county.

Marsabit leaders led by Governor Mohamud Mohamed during a presser on Wednesday said that the heavily armed bandits attacked two villages in Saku constituency, Marsabit County also making away with estimated 800 animals.

The leaders called for government intervention saying that they can’t watch their people being brutally murdered.

“We cannot keep crying every day, we cannot keep burying people months after months,” Ali said.

The leaders urged the government to address rampant insecurity in the region.

Marasbit County Commander Steve Oloo also called for peace among warring factions.

“An eye for an eye is an old mentality,” he said.

Government’s spokesperson Cyrus Oguna on Thursday told journalists that adequate security personnel had been deployed in the area to enhance safe of Marsabit residents.

“As a government we are concerned about such incidents, as we speak a team has been dispatched to determine status of the attack,” he said.

He said the authorities are yet to establish what prompted the attack.

This is the latest in a series of killings pitting clans against each other in the expansive county bordering Ethiopia.

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