Two brother killed by discarded military bomb in Samburu

Two children were killed by a bomb as they herded goats at Archers Post in Samburu County.

The incident happened in the Nolaibalegi-Naishamunye area yesterday at around 8.30am.

The area is used for the annual military drills that the Kenya Army School of Artillery conducts.

Family members identified the victims as Ltarijan Lekoloi, nine, and his brother, Ltoruwan Lekoloi (14). They were both pupils at Lerata Primary School.

The bodies had serious shrapnel wounds.

Speaking on phone from Wamba, Samburu East OCPD Joseph Chirchir told The Standard that the children stumbled on the explosives as they were herding goats.

Samburu Senator Steve Ltumbesi, who visited the family, accused the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) of leaving live explosives after conducting their drills.

‘‘They are supposed to clear the field after the exercise,” said Mr Ltumbesi. 

“We want them (Department of Defence) to clear the entire range of live bombs and compensate the affected families.’’

Other leaders who have expressed concern include Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda, Woman Representative Maison Leshoomo and Governor Moses Lenolkulal.

Alois Leariwala, an activist based at Archers Post criticised both the Kenya and British armies for the constant explosions.

‘‘They are negligent. We have dozens of youth trained by the British who are equipped with skills to clear the bombs once the drills are over, but they don’t engage them,’’ said Mr Leariwala.

Earlier in the month, three children were killed and two others seriously injured by an unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the same area.

Anthony Lekiluai, a resident, said he lost a child in the first incident, while Lemargero Stephano, whose child was injured at the time, said the boy was receiving treatment at Kiirua Catholic Mission Hospital in Meru.

The two appealed to the Government to relocate the training from the area. They also wanted the army to compensate them.

Seriously injured

On the eve of Jamhuri Day, a 12-year-old child died while eight others were seriously injured when a UXO exploded at Victors Children’s Home at Lotiki, near Emegen Primary School in Burat ward, about five kilometres west of Isiolo town.

There have been many deaths and injuries near military training areas in Isiolo, Samburu and Dol Dol in Laikipia and both the Kenya and British armies had been blamed for this.

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