Sell your camels if you can’t manage them, MP tells CS Duale

Sunday, January 8th, 2023 17:29 | By
Sell your camels if you can't manage them, MP tells CS Duale
Mwingi North MP Paul Nzengu PHOTO/Linah Musangi

Mwingi North Member of Parliament Paul Nzengu has castigated Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Aden Duale over what he terms as reluctance to join the fight against banditry in his constituency.

Nzengu told the former Garissa Township MP to drive away all his camels from Kitui or sell them.

The minister had during his vetting in October last year disclosed that he has over 230 camels in Kitui.

The legislator was speaking in Kaningo market where a middle-aged man was brutally murdered early this week and his eyes gouged out by alleged camel herders.

Nzengu accused the government of punishing its own people by allowing the clashes between camel herders and farmers in Kitui to continue.

"A countless number of lives have been lost. People fled their homes for fear of attacks on their own land and farm produce destroyed. Is the government eating its own people?" The second term MP posed.

"If it is so hard for the government to enhance peace among locals, then we will completely cut off any relationship with the herders because they have proven stubborn," warned the MP.

Banditry menace

Tseikuru Ward Representative Kimanzi Muange recalled how 59 years ago bandits were still causing havoc to Tseikuru locals among other areas along the border of Kitui and Tana River.

Kimanzi said in 1964, when he was hardly a year old, his mother escaped with him without a single piece of cloth for fear of attack by the bandits after they invaded the area.

"Since I was months old, am now a senior citizen and a leader, and we are still running away from our land. Our people are still being killed," Muange lamented.

Muange said he has recorded statements at Tseikuru Police station on two different occasions but nothing happened.

"We are tired and angry! Are we in North Eastern or in Kitui. Where's the government?" The legislator remarked angrily.

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