NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24- The Government has deployed 4OO police officers in the Kisumu-Nandi border, where ongoing clashes have claimed 3 lives and left others displaced.
National Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe on Friday said that already several suspects have been arrested over the violence that erupted after an alleged incident of cattle rustling.
“Efforts are underway to capture the criminals, return stolen cattle to their rightful owners and restore peace,” he stated.
“Indeed most of the stolen property has been recovered and returned. As Government, we condemn the violence that has taken place and warn all involved, especially the youth who have taken part in these incidents.”
Kiraithe has urged the troubled area grassroots leaders, specifically the Members of County Assemblies, to lead peace efforts between the Luo and Nandi communities living along the border.
“We urge the local leadership on both regions to come together and find a permanent solution to this historic problem,” he appealed.
“Local leaders need to be sensitive of any cause of conflict within their divisions. In particular MCA’s who are the grass root elected leaders, have a key role in the social stability and economic development of the people who have elected them regardless of the county of origin and ethnicity.”
He said all measures must be put in place, to ensure law and order prevails ahead of next year’s General elections while warning youths in the area against engaging in violence.
Attempts by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) led by its chairman Francis ole Kaparo to hold a peace meeting in the region on Thursday failed.
Locals led by their leaders Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo and his Nyando counterpart Fred Outa declined to have the meeting at Songhor area, the epicentre of skirmishes occasioned by cattle rustling.
“Honourable leaders, I would like to respectfully request you to give me an opportunity to address these people so that we can try find a solution to this matter,” Kaparo pleaded.
The two leaders engaged the Commission in a bitter exchange of words and pointed out that the meeting served no purpose.
They claimed that the border issue has been reoccurring but the government has failed to find a lasting solution.
Kaparo pleaded to be allowed to speak to the public who were affected by the skirmishes but the leaders refused.
He says that he has the mandate to bring peace among the warring communities and called for support from the leaders.
The chairman was driven away after the crowd became wild resulting in the peace meeting to abort.