NAROK-KISII BOR­DER CLASHES

The Star (Kenya) - - News General -

Kisii Gover­nor James Ong­wae and his Narok coun­ter­part Sa­muel Tu­nai are plan­ning a joint peace meet­ing at Olmelil along the Kisii-Narok bor­der fol­low­ing re­newed clashes. The date is yet to be an­nounced. Speak­ing to the Star on the phone yes­ter­day, the two gov­er­nors said the meet­ing aims at bring­ing to­gether the war­ring Kisii and Kip­sigis communities that have been en­gag­ing in con­flict since the be­gin­ning of this year. The con­flict has been quelled sev­eral times, but re­tal­ia­tory at­tacks are sparked by dis­agree­ments and stock theft. Ong­wae said even though se­cu­rity is a na­tional func­tion, he had set up a date to meet Tu­nai so they en­sure that mem­bers of the Maa­sai, Kip­sigis and Kisii communities live in har­mony. Tu­nai said lead­ers are con­cerned about the con­flict and are work­ing with the state to ad­dress the root cause. Their re­marks came af­ter res­i­dents of Olmelil ac­cused them of ig­nor­ing them since the con­flict be­gan early this year and leav­ing con­flict res­o­lu­tion to the na­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials.

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