Laikipia death toll hits 19 in
March 10, 2008
By Job Weru
About ten houses were torched as violence continued in Laikipia
West District for the fourth day.
At the same time, the death toll in the clash hit areas of
Mutamaiyo, Gatundia, Ol Munyu, among others stood at 19 by Sunday,
according to former area councillor, Mr Munyiri Mutitu.
Mutitu told journalists that some bodies had been taken to the
Nyahururu District Hospital mortuary, while there were fears that
more could still be lying uncollected in the bushes where two
rival communities were fighting.
Scores have been injured in the skirmishes and were taken to the
Nyahururu hospital, Rumuruti Health Centre and other neighbouring
However, hundreds of local residents continued to migrate to
perceived safer areas in Gatundia shopping centre and Rumuruti
town, which is the Laikipia West District headquarters.
Rumuruti District Officer, Ms Ann Wafukho, told journalists that
at least 4,600 people had moved to the displaced camps and
registered while more continued to stream in after arsonists
torched ten more houses in Mutamaiyo and Muguongo areas on Sunday
"We suspect that others could have been accommodated by their
relatives in safer grounds," said Wafukho.
Area OCPD, Mr Walter Aliwa, however said more police officers had
been dispatched to the clash torn area.
Aliwa said that a contingent of the General Service Unit,
anti-stock theft, regular and administration police were
patrolling the area.