More than 26 Kithioroka primary school parents are in police cells following arrest by security officers over land squabbles between parents and a neighbour which left his property worth Ksh2 millions vandalized by the parents.
This comes after additional 14 parents were arrested when they presented themselves at Marimanti police station accosted by Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara to deliberate on how the pack arrested earlier would have their way out.
Appearing before Marimanti senior magistrate SM Nyaga,the court heard that on 25th March this year, parents from the disputed schools raided the home of one Mzee Dante where they burnt down premises and killed livestock found in the vicinity.
After hearing of their case, the magistrate slapped all the arraigned suspects with a bond of Ksh 1 million each which none has been able to raise meaning they will be spending in cells until their cases are heard and determined.
It is a case that the affected family has directly linked Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara to, over his utterances when he was launching a CDF built class at the schools earlier thus fuelling the chaos.
The legislator also admitted to have funded the fencing of the school which has been termed as the main factor that contributed to the chaos after parents fenced even the land being disputed between the school and Dante.
“The parents informed me that they had issues with security and title deeds and as a way of protecting the schools, they requested me to help them fence the school and I bestowed the responsibility to the parents who well knew the boundaries of the school,’’ Gitonga said.
It is through this support and utterances from the area Member of Parliament which seem to have given criminals masquerading as parents a loophole to terrorize Dante premises leaving him with nothing.
With all efforts by the MP to negotiate for the freedom of the suspects having failed, he was forced to leave the station leaving behind the parents he had brought along with him in great trouble which they had not foreseen.
According to Tharaka South sub county police commander Kiprop Ruto, Kithioroka is known for insecurity with several cases of insecurity having been reported so far.
He said they have also launched a man hunt in the area to apprehend remaining criminals suspected to have had their hands in the arson, who he says were over hundred but urged innocent neigbours to stay calm.
The police boss warned politicians of using land issues in seeking political mileage saying they won’t hesitate taking legal action to politicians who defies the order.
He also urged residents to co-exist peacefully until their land issues are solved by relevant authorities.
Now the MP having duped the section of parents into recording statements with assurance that nothing would happen to them, the community is eager to see whether the legislator will bail out his people or they will be left on their own.