Human security

Kenya: President Muturi condemns security loopholes after shepherds invade Meru, killing 7

Nairobi – National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has denounced what he called “vile security flaws” in Meru County after seven farmers were killed by Isiolo herdsmen on Wednesday.

The seven people were killed in a grazing conflict in Tigania East, Meru County.

Muturi said it is unfortunate that innocent Kenyans have lost their lives, but that the government should prevent such incidents by providing adequate security.

“One of the cardinal duties of the government is the protection of human life. The inviolability of life is firmly rooted in the Constitution,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

Muturi, who is running for president in the August elections, stressed that “such a gruesome spill of innocent blood cannot be justified on the basis of grazing, ethnic animosity, incitement or a land conflict “.

He challenged the government to speed up the arrest of the perpetrators and their subsequent arraignment in court.

“The government must not only prosecute and apprehend criminals, security must be strengthened in affected areas and the root causes of this violence must be addressed,” he said.

Police launched a security operation in the area on Thursday following the killings which saw residents flee the area for fear of retaliatory attacks.