By Paul Gitau
Barely a week after a contingent of heavily armed police officers embarked on a disarmament exercise in Tana Delta District, residents are now protesting bitterly against alleged harassment.
The locals are accusing police of torture and use of excessive force as they search for illegal firearms.
The warring communities have promised to embrace peace and asked the Government to suspend the disarmament.
The raided villages are Ozi,Dide Waride, Kipini, Odhole, Danisa and Kitere which are occupied by both the Pokomo and Orma communities.
According to Kenya Red Cross official Hassan Musa, the organisation has treated scores of locals at its mobile clinic who claimed to have been beaten up by the security personnel.
Mr Musa said they were forced to transfer five injured locals to Malindi District Hospital for specialised treatment.
Four are admitted at the hospital while another is at Tawfiq hospital. Those with minor injuries have been admitted at Ngao District Hospital.
Area MP Danson Munga tana asked the newly appointed Internal Security Minister Katoo ole Metito to suspend the exercise and initiate dialogue.
“I appeal to the minister to suspend the exercise as the locals from both warring communities are ready to initiate peaceful coexistence,” Munga tana said.
He, however, said the Government should not relent in its search for illegal arms in the area.