Lead­ers meet el­ders in bid to re­solve con­flict

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY STEVE NJU­GUNA AND GOD­FREY OUNDOH

Laikipia lead­ers yes­ter­day met el­ders from var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in the county in a bid to bro­ker peace even as their coun­ter­parts in Sam­buru de­fended herders be­ing driven out of the re­gion, ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ment of op­press­ing the pas­toral­ist com­mu­nity.

The meet­ing, con­vened by Laikipia Gov­er­nor Ndiritu Muri­ithi, was held at Mowuarak in Laikipia North and was at­tended by el­ders from Sam­buru, Pokot, Maa­sai, Turkana and Kikuyu com­mu­ni­ties.

Top se­cu­rity of­fi­cials led by county com­man­der Si­mon Kip­keu and sev­eral MCAS were also in the meet­ing.

Killing of live­stock

Among oth­ers, the meet­ing dis­cussed the re­cent killing of live­stock, and ha­rass­ment of some com­mu­ni­ties in the county by se­cu­rity of­fi­cers con­duct­ing the crack­down.

There were sharp di­vi­sions af­ter a sec­tion of the el­ders — Pokot and Sam­buru — ac­cused po­lice and the gov­ern­ment of tar­get­ing them dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

Mr Joseph Lokiriama, a Pokot el­der, claimed po­lice had been killing their live­stock even though they were res­i­dents of Laikipia.

How­ever, the po­lice com­man­der main­tained that an­i­mals that were killed re­cently dur­ing a crack­down were from out­side Laikipia.

In Mar­alal, lead­ers un­der the stew­ard­ship of Leader of Ma­jor­ity Christo­pher Len­tukunye, protested against the ha­rass­ment of Sam­buru herders in Laikipia. They blamed bad pol­i­tics for the cri­sis.

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