The government has responded to the uproar of Kilifi County residents following the rising cases of attacks and killings, especially to the elderly.
The Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata directed all chiefs in Kilifi County to take a record of people aged 50 years and above to ensure that they have enough protection.
‘’All chiefs and their assistants should have a list of all residents aged 50 years and above, who have now become easy targets for killings, and ensure that they are protected. If any of them is killed, that will be the chief’s burden,’’ Elungata said.
Adressing residents during a public rally at Kasikini village of Marafa Ward, Magarini Sub-county, the Commissioner noted that there were more than 60 elderly persons reported to have been killed in Kilifi County in 2020.
According to him, the murders are due to land disputes and allegations of witchcraft.
He further warned the perpetrators of the killings that their days are numbered as they will soon be arrested and prosecuted.
Elungata also stated that all the chiefs of the region and their assistants have the duty to ensure that their people were safe.
He also called on the government representatives at the grassroots level to work closely with the Kaya elders, who have already taken the initiative by setting up two rescue centres for witchcraft suspects.
Marafa MCA Renson Kambi raised concerns over the murders, noting that the absence of a witness protection program had contributed to the peril.
In response to the witness protection program issue, Elungata assured locals that a program would be initiated to make sure that no harm would befall any person coming forward to provide evidence.
The MCA had claimed that the residents feared coming out to make statements as the suspects threatened to harm them once they are released on bond.
Kambi also warned those who committed such atrocities in the past that they will pay for their sins under the law someday.