Residents of Mutha, South Kitui protest against the killing of a resident.
Tensions are high in the Mutha area of Kitui South after a person was allegedly axed to death by camel herders on Saturday, October 15, 2022.
Residents have brought the town to a standstill after staging demonstrations to protest the killing of the man identified as Mutuku.
Residents closed shops and prevented police from removing the body of the deceased as they urged the district commissioner to deal with frequent attacks in the area by suspected shepherds from the northeast.
"We will not allow the police to take Mutuku's body. We are going to bury him because every time a person is killed they pick up the body and that's the end of the story, justice is never served," said one resident.
Residents have called on authorities to immediately evict the herders from the area.
However, Kitui County Commissioner Erastus Mbu urged residents to remain calm so the police can do their job.
Speaking to K24 Digital, Commissioner Mbui said allowing calls from residents would hamper the investigation.
"The local residents' demand to evict the camel herders from the area with immediate effect will disrupt ongoing investigations to find the murder suspect," Mbui said, adding that a police vehicle was vandalized during the protests. He urged residents to work with law enforcement at this time to ensure the suspect is apprehended.
The body of the deceased was eventually transferred to Mutomo Sub-County Hospital morgue while police continue the investigation.
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