, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 – Tension is still high at the Kisumu-Nandi border even as the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is responding to the humanitarian needs of those displaced by the tribal skirmishes that have now claimed four lives.
According to the KRCS, an assessment has been done and the distribution of non-food items has kicked off.
KRCS Western Kenya Regional Manager Benson Simba indicated that almost 80 households are affected and are camping at Achego Orphanage home in Muhoroni Constituency.
“We are here in the field doing humanitarian response following these clashes that are affecting the border between Nandi and Kisumu County. We have so far been able to access the situation on the ground,” he stated.
“Tension is high and we have been able to give non food items to eighty households and these include mosquito nets and soap.”
The manager of the orphanage, Richard Maritim called for other well wishers to donate food items to be able to take care of the affected families.
“Monday evening is when we saw many people gathered at the gate of the orphanage. I was surprised and wondered what we would do but I opened up the gates for them so that we could assist them,” he said.
He says another rescue centre will be established in one of the primary schools in the area to accommodate more families who are fleeing from their homes following renewed attacks Wednesday night.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Francis ole Kaparo is expected to visit the area, a day after he was turned away.
Two people were on Wednesday night killed in renewed clashes along the Kisumu-Nandi border as several houses were torched in the troubled region.
Muhoroni police boss Erastus Mwongera confirmed that the two, a widow and a middle aged man were shot with arrows at Daraja Mbili and Songhor areas respectively.
Mwongera indicated that this brings to four the total number of people killed in the conflict which is believed to have been triggered by land issues.
Attempts by Kaparo to hold a peace meeting in the region failed.