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Bandit attack leaves six dead in Isiolo-Wajir border, leaders call for action

A bandit attack on Saturday night in Madowale Village at the Isiolo-Wajir border has left six people dead.

According to reports, the bandits attacked Madowale and Killed three women, two men and a child. The attack took place at dawn at the Bassa Location.

Burnt down borehole

Isiolo County Commissioner, Herman Shambi, confirmed the incident, saying that the attackers shot dead the victims and burnt down the Dololo Wachu borehole generator. The source of conflict, he said, was over pasture.

“It is disheartening that they also burnt the borehole, where everyone is allowed to fetch water from. We will ensure that those responsible repair the damage,” Herman Shambi told journalists.

Shambi attributed the rise in insecurity in the region to a lack of police officers, with bandits sending threats.

Revenge situation

“There have been threats here and there. Our people go and attack then the others retailiate so it becomes a revenge situation. We had put police officers in the region but during the floods, the tent homes of the officers were swept away, forcing us to transfer the officers.” Shambi said.

However, reports state that a contingent of police officers, led by Isiolo Police Commander, Joseph Kigen, have gone into the area to restore calm.

Regional leaders demand action

Leaders from Isiolo called on fast action from the National Government to bring the assailants to justice. In a phone interview with The Star, Kuti said that they feared boundary dispute was the reason for the attack.

“We ask the government to speed up and arrest the suspects before the matter gets out of hand,” Kuti said.

Isiolo County Woman Rep Rehema Jaldesa also challenged the Interior CS, Fred Matiang’i, to act upon errant officers assisting the bandit.

The last six months have seen communities in Isiolo County, bordering Wajir, Samburu, Meru, and Garissa, engage in attacks over resources. Most of the time, the fights have been over water, land and pasture. However, there are also suspicions of political hands in the conflicts.

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