Isiolo leaders want KWS officers charged over extra judicial killings

Leaders in Isiolo county have urged the national government to take action against officers of Kenya Wildlife service whom they accuse of carrying out abductions

and forceful disappearances of residents. The leaders led by the county governor Godana Doyo called on deputy president William Ruto who was in the area over
the weekend for a fundraiser to conduct investigations into the alleged abductions by the rangers. The governor said in the recent past over 17 young men have disappeared in the hands of the rangers and demanded an explanation on mysterious disappearances. “KWS officers have made life unbearable for Isiolo residents. Young men are mysterious missing and their whereabouts unknown. We want to know why disciplined forces such as the KWS are carrying out these abductions,” the governor asked.

Several weeks ago residents held peaceful demonstrations in Isiolo town over the abduction of a-32-year old trader, Muhammad Abdullahi who was picked in front of his wife by the officers. The family went to court through their lawyer and former Imenti North Member of Parliament Gitobu Imanyarato compel KWS officers to produce their kin. Isiolo Women Representative Tiya Galgalo called for the removal of KWS rangers from the area sayingthe locals and the rangers have failed to co-exist peacefully as the rangers were “poaching the people”. She added that many women have been widowed and children orphaned as a result of the abductions which she said needs through investigations. Deputy president William Ruto however,dismissed the calls to move KWS officers out of the county saying investigations into the alleged abductions and disappearances will commence immediately further urging the residents not to take the law into their hands.

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