Kwale, KENYA:Three Nyumba Kumi officials were shot dead on Sunday morning in Bongwe Village, Kwale County by suspected gang members of a terror group.
The three who included a village chairman Juma Mwanyota, religious leader Hassan Mwasanite and a member of the Nyumba Kumi in the village Mohammed Manguze; were shot by a gang said to be led by a woman in the wee hours of Sunday.
This comes barely two weeks after a reformed Alshabaab returnee who was integrated back to the community, was also shot dead at his home in Shamu.
Residents have reported fear following the killings and want the government to intervene and help return peace in the area.
Hamisi Mwero, a resident in the area, said they would want to know why its only village elders and nyumba kumi officials who are being killed.
Mwero said he probably suspects that the killings are due to information leaking from security agents who don’t assure them of confidentiality.
“The government should come clean and tell us why the elders are killed, Is it because they volunteer giving out security information?” He posed.
Coast Region Coordinator Nelson Marwa, Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya, Kwale County Commssioner Kutswa Olaka, Kwale County Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga among other security heads in the area visited the scene.
Marwa accused security officials in Msambweni-Kwale for ‘sleeping’ on their jobs following the killings.
“The incident happened when we have security officers who are equipped with all required facilities to protect citizens,” he said.
He warned that the killing of the three people will be followed by massive transfer of senior security officers who have failed to deliver in their duties.
Marwa said it is unfortunate that locals are being murdered despite officers being present in the area.
He urged locals to cooperate with the police by giving information.
Marwa directed Coast Regional Police Commander Francis Wanjohi to organize a peaceful crackdown to ensure that the suspects believed to be behind the murder are arrested.
Chidzuga said police should do their best and arrest the suspects.
“We should not be always told that police are investigating we want results,” she said.
Salim Mvurya urged residents to embrace peace and shun acts of violence or killing each other over unjustifiable means.
The three bodies were taken to Msambweni hospital for medical examination and were later on returned to their respective families who buried them according to Islamic religion.