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Cry for Justice:Voi residents plead with govt to help fight camel herders amid reports of deaths and destruction

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BY CORRESPONDENT,VOI,10TH JUNE,2019- Camel keepers in Voi  Taita Taveta  county have urged the national government  to immediately interdict local  administrators who failing to crack the whip on camel herders said to be responsible  for the latest incidents  of attacks on indigenous farmers and livestock keepers in the county.

Their call has been echoed by Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja. Speaking at a funeral of a farmer stabbed to death by suspected non-local herders in Kirumbi, Voi, over the weekend, Governor  Samboja faulted national administration officials for presiding over what he said was outright violation of the rights of locals.

“It is clear the area Assistant Chief has an agenda to benefit people other than the citizens he ought to be serving. The Assistant Chief must proceed on interdiction as the investigation continues,” he said.

Alex Malumba was reportedly stabbed after he confronted herders who forcefully ushered their camels into his farm destroying his crops.

Mulumba’s killing followed an incident where a group of locals in Kirumbi killed over a dozen camels in a latest clash with non-local herders who reportedly invaded farmlands in the area.

Locals have in the recent months decried invasion of their farms by herders armed with firearms.There have been reports that the herders have leased pastureland with local leaders now demanding for the revocation of grazing rights granted to all non-local herders. Samboja said the county administration will not acknowledge any existing lease documents signed without its consent.

On her part ,Taita Taveta Woman Representative Lydia Haika challenged County Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha to investigate cases of killings reported in the county and bring the perpetrators to book.

“We want justice for the young man who was stabbed to death and moving forward we want an assurance that such an incident will not recur,” she said

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