By James Munyeki
A peaceful demonstration over rising cases of cattle rustling in Mararal, Samburu county turned tragic after two people were killed in a day long melee between the police and residents.
This was after over 2000 people stormed the local police station demanding the release of 25 heads of cattle that had been recovered by the police.
The deceased include Laikipia University- Samburu Campus student leader Thompson Lekishorimoi and a fourteen-year-old boy who were killed as security officers engaged the demonstrators in running battles.
The student was shot by a stray bullet and died on the spot while the other boy was attacked and hacked to death by irate protestors for unkown reasons.
Trouble started early Wednesday when the morans from the Samburu community stormed Maralal police station in attempt to drive away 25 heads of cattle that were detained on allegations that they had been stolen from the neighbouring Malkis village.
According to Peter Lelepuk, police officers followed the lorry that was intercepted in Maralal Town transporting the alleged stolen cows from Suyan near Marti areas in Samburu North district.
He said a chain of insensible attacks and cattle raids in Samburu North despite heavy government armed forces presence forced the Police to detain the cows at the police Station for further investigations.
The witness said it was then that a group of Samburu people from Maralal and university students from Laikipia’s Maralal Campus staged a peaceful protest as security officer made frantic efforts to repel them. More....