News 2008


Laikipia death toll hits 19 in four days

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 dispensaries.

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 at dawn.

"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.