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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Madogo Mobs Go Beserk,OCPD Killed

The plot is thickening fast as violence rocks Madogo following three days of protests by Matatu operators and their supporters.

According to Daily Nation, the OCPD has been killed, his guns stolen and vehicle set a blaze;

Tana North District OCPD Kuya Okitoi was on Tuesday morning attacked by matatu operators plying between Garissa and Madogo towns.
The OCPD, who is in a critical condition has been admitted at Garissa Provincial Hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
During the attack, the OCPD lost his AK-47 gun and a ceska pistol as the police Land Cruiser got burnt in the process.
Matatu operators on Monday disrupted transport in the region after a new sacco was created to oversee the operations of a route managed by Garissa - Madogo sacco.
In an effort to stop intimidation from Garissa - Madogo sacco, members of the new sacco gathered rowdy youths who disrupted operations in Garissa town for 12 hours.
Meanwhile, Garissa DC Samson Macharia Irungu has met with leaders from Madogo town directed them to search for the missing guns.
Passengers travelling from Garissa town were stranded 50 metres from Tana bridge while those travelling to Garissa, Wajir and Mandera were held up at Madogo Police Station for security reasons.
During the skirmishes, several commuter buses were damaged.
The official vehicle belonging to Garissa mayor, Ismail Mohamed Garat, had its windscreen damaged.
A contingent of the General Service Unit was dispatched to restore normal transport.
The area religious leaders have began a peace negotiation between with the matatu operators and residents who have been affected by the dispute.

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