Roba calls for calm as tension subsides
Mandera governor, Ali Roba has called for peaceful coexistence amongst communities living in the region.
Roba who spoke in a peace meeting comprising of area security chiefs, religious and communal leaders termed the recent killing of two masons working at Elwak sub county hospital as uncalled for.
He asked residents to be solving their disputes within legal frameworks instead of killing innocent people.
The masons were killed on Thursday in what is believed to be a retaliatory attack following the shooting down of three herders by police.
The Anti-stock theft police unit in Elwak shot dead three herders after an Improvised Explosive Device went off on their vehicle though no officer on board was killed.
Meanwhile a family in Elwak, Mandera South, is crying for justice a day after three of its members, said to have been picked by security officers were found dead.
Mohamed Osman said his two sons and their cousin were picked at his home by uniformed security officers on Tuesday afternoon only for their bodies to be found in a thicket on Wednesday.
“I was at our new settlement when the police from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) came and picked four of my sons,” he said amid sobs.
Osman said he was spared after his younger children started wailing as the officers frog matched the four away.
“I was saved by the wailing of my children but my four sons and their cousin were taken away by these officers,” he said.
According to Mr. Osman, his family had just moved to Qababa village in Elram, Kotulo Ward, in search of water for their livestock when the police came visiting.
Police are said to have picked the relatives during their search for suspects who planted an explosive that destroyed their vehicle.
Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner, Matabeyi Kimbeyi declined to comment on the matter.
One of Osman’s sons, 14-year-old Adan Mohamed said he was beaten and dropped far away from their home as the officers went away with the remaining three.
The deceased are Ali Ibrahim Hassan, Siad Ibrahim Hassan and their cousin Saddam Ali Uwes.
“One of my sons has left me with the burden of raising his five children and two wives. Another has an expectant wife. What will I do now?” posed Osman.
A postmortem report at Elwak hospital indicated that the three died after being shot in the head.
Elwak North MCA, Adan Maalim Mohamed appealed to the government to stop the senseless killings of locals.
“This is the second time innocent people are being killed in this village by government organs and time has come to stop that,” he said.
By Dickson Githaiga