By May Jesaro
Tension remains high in Maralal, Samburu County following two days of riots in the area occasioned by detention of cattle believed to have been stolen.
Samburu leaders have condemned Wednesday's running battles that saw one student from Laikipia Campus killed.
The riots broke out after rioters mainly students engaged the police in running battles over the detained cattle.
The rioters were demanding the release of the cattle which they say had earlier been wrongly linked to cattle rustling activities.
Samburu leaders led by County Governor Moses Lenolkulal condemned the killing of the student who was the chairman of Laikipia Students Association.
The leaders are demanding justice insisting that the deceased student had evidence linked to cattle rustling.
Last night, 11 houses were razed down in Lokuto Village within Maralal as hostilities between two local ethnic communities, Turkana and Samburu escalated.
Businesses and schools remained closed today, Thursday in the area due to fear of another flare up.
There was a heavy presence of police to ward off any clashes.
Samburu leaders appealed to the authorities to take due process to address the issue and want the witnesses to be allowed to record statements without intimidation.