Pastoralists shoot man in Kitui
A 55-year-old man was on Monday admitted to the Mutomo Catholic Mission Hospital in Kitui after he was he was shot by bandits believed to be members of armed herdsmen who have encroached into Mutomo district. Lorry driver Nicholas Sammy Kioko was shot in the stomach. The attack took place in Mutha division inside the Kitui South Game Reserve.
The incident took place days after three other people were killed by members of the pastoralist community that has invaded Malalani and Twambui area in the neighboring Mutitu district. Eastern Provincial Police boss Marcus Ocholla visited the area last weekend to assure the residents of their security. He said a security operation would be mounted to mop up illegal fire arms and drive out the hostile herders from Mutitu district.
The Mutitu MP Kiema Kilonzo who had accompanied the PPO vowed to mobilise locals to defend themselves unless the government guaranteed them of their security. Kiema visited Kioko in hospital on Monday after addressing a public rally at Mutomo trading centre where he said he had put the government on notice for failing to protect the people of Kitui from the armed herders.