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Family of herder allegedly killed by KDF soldiers in Somalia seeks justice

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  • A herder from Garissa was allegedly killed on October 17 by KDF officers in Somalia.
  • His family claims he had crossed over to Somali to graze 90 heads of cattle, as drought in their area had led to scarcity of food and water.

A family from Fafi Sub County, Garissa County is seeking justice for their kin Arab Maulid Jirow who was allegedly killed by KDF soldiers in Raskamboni, Somalia on October 17.

Jirow 24, had crossed over to neighboring Somalia with 90 heads of cattle in search of pasture and water due to the current raving drought in the region.

According to one of the relatives Abdi Ali, Jirow was killed after KDF personnel launched a Rocket Propelled Grenade against the herder claiming his life on the spot.

The grenade further killed 42 heads of cattle while 50 heads fled with injuries into the Raskomboni forest and are yet to be found.

KDF soldiers faulted

Ali appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa to intervene and dispense justice to the bereaved family.

The matter was reported at Bura Police headquarters under registration number OB No 11/21/10/21.

Abdirashid Hussein, Deputy County secretary consoled with the deceased, saying he left a very young family. His wife Hodhan Lohos,20, is nine months pregnant.

Hussein claimed the KDF officer in charge of Raskomboni arrogantly received them and kept them waiting for more than 48 hours before releasing Jirow’s body.

The herder was buried at Raskomboni.

He added that the family members want the government to immediately investigate the matter and take the necessary action against the KDF officers.

Garissa Human Rights Groups has promised to relentlessly pursue the case.

They termed the incident as brutal, demanding those involved to be held accountable.

The group said such incidents will reverse the gains made by KDF and will further jeopardize cooperation with the members of the public who cross the border in search of pasture and water.


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