Source: The Star
Calm is slowly returning to Bothai village, Ijara, Garissa county, following Monday night’s attack on an AP camp and the village. The village is located 70km from Mukowe and Hindi townships Lamu county, which were in June attacked by a militia group.
In Bothai, militia torched a police vehicle, a water storage tank and two police houses. The gang injured an officer and his spouse. They made away with guns.
A spot check by the Star yesterday showed residents cautiously going about their businesses with local traders opening their shops but saying they will close early.
Garissa county commissioner Rashid Khator said more security personnel has been deployed in the area. He dismissed rumours that the militia were planning to carry out more attacks in the area.
“I want to appeal to wananchi to stop rumour-mongering,” Khator said. Meanwhile, the Garissa government has mobilised over one tonne of relief food to be distributed to the affected families, who have since taken refuge in a nearby school under heavy security.
The relief food worth over Sh1.5 million includes rice, beans, cooking oil and drinking water. Governor Nathif Jama condemned the attack terming it cowardly.
He urged the national government to deploy more officers along the borders and also replace the burnt police vehicles to ease mobility of the officers.
“The security of our people is paramount for any development to be achieved. We do not want to witness a repeat of the scenes we witnessed in Lamu a few weeks ago,” Jama said.
“As a county government, we will cooperate with security agencies to ensure the lives and properties of residents are safe.”