Bloodshed in conflict over grazing land

MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – TENSION has gripped central Kenya where ten herders have been murdered and livestock killed in crossfire after fresh fights involving rivals pastoral communities.
This is the latest clash over grazing land to afflict the drought-affected Borana and Samburu communities in Kom, Isiolo County.
Deputy county commissioner, Julius Maiyo, said seven out of ten bodies of victims killed during the recurrent fighting that started on Sunday had
been retrieved from the scene while families were too terrified to access the scene to collect the remaining bodies, fearing reprisal attacks.
Mayo said the atmosphere remained tense as heavily armed men from rival communities still lurked on the scene where the bloodshed too place.
“Security has been heightened to prevent retaliatory attacks and to restore normalcy in the area,” he assured.
A driver reportedly spotted driving a lorry full of armed men has been arrested following the clashes.
Kenya is gripped by severe drought that has eroded pastures.
Pastoralists and farmers living in arid and semi-arid regions have been the hardest hit, as household livelihoods depend almost solely on livestock or subsistence agriculture.
CAJ News

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