The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sagalla Residents Walk 12km to DC's Office in Protest Over Rising Insecurity

Hundreds of Sagalla residents on Tuesday trekked for more than 12km to protest insecurity caused by herders from North Eastern. The residents were led by former Wundanyi MP Mwandawiro Mghanga.

Singing and shouting anti pastoralists from North Eastern slogans, They walked for more than five hours to the Voi DC Khamasi Shivogo's office where they presented their memorandum.

The protesters cause a traffic snarl-up on the road heading to Voi town from the Caltex junction along the Nairobi Mombasa highway. The protests were provoked by the murder of a resident last week by people suspected to be herders.

The protesters said Msafari Masharu was strangled by armed herders who have encroached their farms with hundreds of camels and livestock.

"This is the third person to be killed in the area and we wonder why the culprits are not being arrested.Today we are here so that you can tell us if you are receiving bribes from the suspects so that you can protect them," Alfred Chola, the groups spokesperson told the DC. In their memorandum , the residents called on the government to flush out all herders in the area since they had not entered any agreement with them to graze in the area.

"Sagalla residents have not entered any agreement with the herders to graze in our farms.Its only a few corrupt individuals purporting to be ranch executives who have entered the illegal agreements without the consent of the locals," he said adding that the culprits should be arrested and charged for fraud.

Chola said that the herders have attacked and maimed people in the area and even raped women but the government had not taken any action against them.

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