News 2008


Ten killed along the Nyanza/RV border


By:Rose Kamau/Judy Maina

Sat, Feb 02, 2008

Ten people have been killed and eight others, among them two pupils injured as violence escalated between two communities along the volatile Nyanza/Rift Valley border.

Police collected the bodies, which had arrow wounds from Nyankono and Ikonge on the Nyamira-Bureti and Borabu/Sotik border tea-estates and moved them to the Nyamira District Hospital mortuary.

The injured are admitted to various hospitals in Kisii.

Among those injured is the head teacher of Nyamusi Primary who had to be airlifted to Nairobi for specialized medical treatment. He suffered bullet wounds during the attack.

His 17 year old son was also admitted at the same hospital with bullet wounds but doctors said he was in a stable condition.

Nyamira DC, Samuel Njora said four of the dead who were identified, were attacked by armed raiders who also stole several head of cattle before setting houses on fire.

North Mugirango MP, Wilfred Ombui who visited the victims at the hospitals condemned the attack and appealed to the warring communities to co-exist harmoniously.

"It is no longer a political issue but an organized attack on a particular community," Ombui said.

He demanded for the transfer of police officers from the area saying they had taken sides. "Members of a certain community are always put on their defense as police watch their neighbours attack," added the MP.

Property worth millions of shillings was also destroyed at Chebilat border town when business and residential premises were burned during the day long fighting.

Sotik DC Humphrey Nakitare who visited the area said the government would deploy more security officers to the region and asked leaders from both districts to preach peace and reconciliation.

When KNA visited Chebilat centre, fifty buildings had been razed while more were still on fire as the warring parties continued to fight.

St Ann Academy Primary School was completely burnt down. The school proprietor, Meshack Rono said he also lost three residential buildings and a posho mill.

Sotik MP Lorna Laboso and her Bomet counterpart Kipkalya Kones condemned the violence and appealed to the communities to embrace peaceful coexistence.