NAIROBI, Kenya, June 23 – 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.
“Yes, there are two deaths and police are on the ground,” he stated when contacted by journalists in the area.
Attempts by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) led by its chairman Francis ole Kaparo to hold a peace meeting in the region failed.
“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.
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.
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.
Tension still remains high in the area as the two communities continue to be suspicious of one another and there is heavy security as police keep vigil.