Bandits attack village where gubernatorial hopeful was campaigning
Tension is high in Kamwenje and Matwiku villages in Laikipia County following a series of banditry attacks in the pastrol county.
Laikipia gubernatorial candidate, Nderitu Mureithi, was on Wednesday, July 6 while on a campaign trail, forced to cut short his rallies in these areas after gunshots rented the air.
At around 3:00 pm Wednesday, security officers responding to distress calls from the members of the public tracked down the raiders to their hideout but the bandits engaged them in a fierce fire exchange at Mutitu village which borders the Laikipia Nature Conservancy where they had fled to.
Speaking moments later, Mureithi said that the attacks have made it difficult for residents to conduct their daily activities.
“We will not leave this County, these attacks must stop, and we must forge an understanding with neighbouring counties and we will confront these attackers head on,” he said.
Locals say for the past few days, their houses have been broken into and several heads of cattle stolen by armed raiders from the neighbouring Baringo County which has resulted into a majority of the families opting to flee the attack ravaged region.
“The security situation in this county has deteriorated to the extent that we no longer live in our homes, last evening bandits raided my home and their cattle ate everything in my farm, currently I have nothing left,” Mary Wambui, a resident said.
Written by Wahome Gitonga