Governor, Senator and MPs from one county at DCI headquarters

County leaders summoned to DCI headquarters

The headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) along Kiambu Road, Nairobi. Governor Granton Samboja, Senator Jones Mwaruma and MPs questioned at DCI headquarters

Taita Taveta leaders were on Monday morning summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road for questioning.

Governor Granton Samboja, Senator Jones Mwaruma and an unspecified number of legislators from the county reported to the DCI Hq where they were questioned over insecurity within the county.

The skirmishes that have resulted in a number of deaths are a result of conflict between camel herders and farmers over grazing land.

The governor is on record having warned camel herders against stepping foot into Taita Taveta which may have sparked the animosity among locals and herders who are mainly from Tana River county.

Camel and human casualties in Taita Taveta County

A series of attacks have seen herders losing their camel to hackings while some farmers have been attacked and seriously injured.

The brutal killing of one farmer by suspected herders in the area saw residents conduct a mass slaughter of 20 camels in retaliation on June 10.

A section of herders have since moved to court seeking to have the county government barred from evicting the camels from privately owned ranches.

Governor Samboja recently launched a bid to have the county dissolved following continuous squabbles with MCAs.

Samboja said he was compelled to make the decision following wrangles over Ksh830 million that MCAs allocated themselves.

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