Leaders meet elders in bid to resolve conflict
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.