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Bura MP Ali Wario on Tuesday condemned the death of a herder that took place on Sunday in Ruka Kora area at the border between Kitui and Tana River counties.
According Deria Musa Ahmed, a resident of Bangale his late brother Ali Ahmed was herding the family’s goats together with a 14-year-old girl relative when about 8 men armed with bows and arrows struck at around 4 pm on Sunday.
The attackers quickly rounded up 50 goats and as they were driving them away Ahmed tried to intercept the herd but was shot from the back with a poisoned arrow.
The herders managed to drive away the 50 goats together with the girls which unconfirmed reports says they later killed her and dumped her badly mutilated body in the nearby thicket.
Addressing the press at the Garissa referral hospital Musa said that on receiving the news of the attack, they immediately moved to the scene in two private vehicles.
On arriving at the scene they found his brother badly injured writhing in pain. They drove back with him to Bangale medics the local dispensary administered first before he was brought to Garissa referral hospital for specialized treatment.  They also reported the matter at the Bangale police station.
He said a search party that was left behind later found the border of the girl after crossing flooded seasonal river and because they could cross back with body, they decided to bury the body at the scene.
Dr. Amos Siwo, a surgeon attached to the Garissa referral hospital where Ahmed was rushed for specialized treatment, the deceased died from the poison in the arrow.
“We received the patient 16 hours after he was shot. By the time he was brought in, he was in a very bad shape.It took us about 4 hours to stabilize the patient before he moved to the theatre for surgery. The arrow pierced through the back and through the large intestine rapturing them,” he added.
The deceased was transferred to the ICU when his condition worsened but passed on at around 4 am on Monday morning.

Wario linked the killing to protracted disputed border boundaries between Tana river and Kitui counties.“Although we are linking this death to the unresolved disputed border between Kitui and Tana river, taking of innocent lives of a Kenyan citizen whose only crime was grazing his animals at a disputed area is criminal,” Wario said.
“I am urging the security agencies to move with speed and restore peace in the area and then carry out a thorough investigation into the incident and ensure those behind the incident are apprehended and charged accordingly,” he added.

The MP accused the national government administrative officers of meddling with the disputed borders.“Disputes to do with boundaries is the work of the IEBC and parliament. Continued meddling of the former provincial administration officers who openly takes sides is to blame for the protracted dispute,” Wario.
“I want to use this opportunity to once again urge the IEBC and the relevant parliamentary committees to urgently take up this matter resolve it once and for all. They should involve communities and from both sides together with their leaders something the government officials have ignored in the past,” he said.
He expressed his fear that there is the risk of losing more lives if the communities start revenging and counter revenging.
“I am calling on the residents of Tana River to remain calm and allow the government to investigate the matter and desist from taking revenge,” he said,
The body was released to the relatives’ hours after passing and taken to Bangale, about 90 kms from Garissa town for burial in accordance to Islamic interment rites.

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