Coast regional police boss Francis Wanjohi said the incident occurred when herders from Somalia community invaded a Pokomo farm within Galole area in Tana River.

Wanjohi said a farm owner was slashed to death while two Somalis were killed in retaliation.

He said tension remains high in the area amid reports of planned retaliation by both communities adding that more officers have been deployed in the area.

Several people have already been displaced within Masalani area where tension is brewing. Wanjohi said they have called for security meeting due on Friday comprising leaders from the herders’ communities and farmers to avert more clashes.

National Intelligence Service (NIS) and police warn of possible violence in Tana River County after or before the next general election.

NIS report indicates that there is growing discomfort among the warring communities of Orma, Wardie and Pokomo that might trigger fresh chaos ahead of the 2017 general election.

The latest report indicates that the Pokomo are unhappy with the current leadership led by Tana River Governor Hussein Dado that they claim is not all inclusive.

Wanjohi said they are aware of regrouping of some of the communities who feel marginalized and sidelined by the current county government.

Wanjohi warned that the leaders will be arrested and prosecuted to avoid repeat of the 2012 massacre where more than 200 people were massacred and thousands displaced.

In 2001, at least 130 people were killed in a string of clashes in the same district and between the same two communities about access to land and a river.

The Pokomo are a largely settled farming people, planting crops along the Tana River, while the Orma are largely cattle-herding pastoralists. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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