Tension high in Mandera County as cattle rustlers kill five people
North Eastern Provincial Commissioner Ernest Mwinyi said the five from the Degodia clan were shot dead by their rivals from the Garre clan in Sericho village a few km from Malkamari near the Kenya-Ethiopia.
He noted that although 100 General Service Unit police had been dispatched to the area, they were hardly enough to contain the volatile state of affairs.
“The General Service Unit were deployed to the region in February this year, at our request, but they are not enough so we are also asking for regular police and Administration Police because we need to increase security along the border,” he stressed.
Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed and his Wajir West counterpart Adan Keynan said the area’s security organs had in the last week been informed of the pending attack but failed to take action.
And describing the situation as terrible, Abdikadir also said the attackers had been trained to assist Somalia government and that they were now turning on Kenyans. He said this was happening with full knowledge of security forces.
“The persons in charge of security in the area should be held responsible,” said the MP.
The clans’ animosity stems from the 2007 general election, where the Garre clan lost the Mandera central seat to a Degodia.