Sabahi (Washington, DC)

18 February 2013

Kenya: Two Killed During Cattle Rustling in Kuria, Residents Protest Insecurity

A cattle-rustling incident in Kenya's Kuria East District left two people dead Sunday (February 17th), causing residents to demonstrate for stronger police action, Kenya's The Standard reported.

In the third incident in four days, members of the Abairege clan hacked to death two people in the Abanyabasi area in revenge for stolen cattle, said area police boss Gladys Ogonda.

"This is an unfortunate incident that we cannot allow to go on," she said, adding that 38 homes were set on fire and 47 animals were stolen in an earlier incident. She assured residents that police were tracking the assailants.

Area residents held a demonstration, accusing police of laxity in the fight against banditry. "People are being shot and the police are doing nothing," said Chacha Magaiwa, a victim receiving treatment at Migori District Hospital.

The Kenya Red Cross Society has opened camps for people displaced by the clashes, said Nyanza region co-ordinator Emmanuel Owako.

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