A distraught man from Meru County is seeking Sh150,000 for his 18-year-old son to undergo surgery after he was Thursday shot in the chin by bandits in Makinya in the northern grazing zone.
Mr Elias Koome was grazing cows in the expansive region together with two other herders when they were attacked by suspected cattle rustlers from Turkana who sprayed them with bullets.
The raiders killed Mr James Karithi Muroki, 23, while Mr Koome’s tongue was cut by the bullet’s force while the other herdsman was shot in the leg.
Following the attack, 10 police officers from the Mariara GSU camp and anti-stock theft unit officers from Bullu were wounded by the bandits as they patrolled the area Friday.
Mr Koome’s father, Mr Julius Meme Murungi, Sunday said he cannot not afford the amount of money needed for his son to be operated on following the injury on his tongue.
“I am poor and I was told that I have to deposit the amount before the treatment. I appeal to well-wishers to help me so that my son can be treated,” he appealed.
Rise in attacks
Speaking at Laare Police Station during a crisis meeting, Igembe North Police Commander Apollo Busolo said there have been a rise in attacks along the northern grazing zone frequented by Samburu, Turkana, and Meru herders.
He said the raiders first attacked people on November 4 before the two incidents last week.
Ms Lydia Mwakachiu from Mea village appealed for tightening of security, saying raiders are even targeting homes and taking away livestock.
“They have started raiding homes and many residents have reduced their livestock for fear they will be stolen,” she said.