The land row between Tharaka-Nithi and Meru counties has escalated, with residents of Tigania West and Imenti North barricading roads demanding action from the government.

Residents of Kwang’ombe in North Imenti blockaded the Giaki–Kwa-ng’ombe road on Thursday night, cutting transport between the two counties.

STALLS

Kwang'ombe resident Alex Kaburu told the Nation that their demo was sparked by the destruction of their market stalls.

This comes after chaos rocked Kaboto market when leaders from Tharaka-Nithi and Meru clashed over the border dispute.

“We are holding peaceful demonstrations because stalls belonging to traders from Meru were destroyed,” he said.

“We learnt that there was chaos at Kaboto and we fear that peace may be disrupted. We are blocking the road until action is taken to restore calm.”

VIGIL

He said they kept vigil throughout the night to protect their goods in the stalls from being destroyed.

Meru police commander Nelson Taliti said he had dispatched a team of officers to restore order in the area.

On Thursday, Tigania West MP David Karithi urged the government to take stern action against Tharaka South Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) John Ayienda, whom he accused of disrupting his meeting, leading to the chaos at Kaboto.

Mr Karithi said the administrator stormed the meeting as he issued a Sh400,000 cheque for the construction of an assistant chief’s office.

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