Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai has warned that the new group of Somali Camel herders in his constituency are part of Alshabaab. Mbai noted that the group had established a training ground in Kitui East.
The herders who have been a headache to the locals for more than 5 years now have been grazing near the borders of Kitui and Tana River. The MP told the press that the herders did not have any Kenyan documents.
According to Mbai, men and women who were herding there up to last year had proper identification documents to prove that they were Kenyans.
“Last year we struggled with Kenyan Somalis who were men and women and they left. What we are now seeing is Young Somalis with guns and trained.”
“When they stayed with their Kamba counterparts herding, we have established that they are not Kenyans but Alshabaab who have brought their camels to Kitui. They are the ones who have chased our people from their homes.” Mbai added.
He further urged the Government going forward to not consider them camel herders but Alshabaab. “The Kenyan army should immediately be deployed. This are people out to make money so as to attack our country.”
Hundreds of locals have been forced to flee their homes in fear of this gunmen who have injured and killed some of them. Most schools record very low numbers and a humanitarian crisis could be experienced as the camels have destroyed food in the farms.