State or­ders dis­ar­ma­ment in Ke­rio Val­ley

The com­mu­ni­ties ig­nored a plea by the govern­ment to reg­is­ter their guns

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Riftvalley - RITA DAMARY @TheS­tarKenya

The govern­ment has or­dered a forcible-dis­ar­ma­ment of all com­mu­ni­ties in the trou­bled Ke­rio Val­ley.

Rift Val­ley re­gional com­mis­sioner Wanyama Mu­si­ambu on Wed­nes­day said he has held security meet­ings since Mon­day and the dis­ar­ma­ment will bring peace back to the re­gion. He spoke in Nakuru af­ter tour­ing the area.

He said the govern­ment has de­ployed po­lice of­fi­cers in the area who will dis­arm any­one found with a gun.

“De­spite urg­ing those hold­ing guns to reg­is­ter them, the com­mu­ni­ties chose to ig­nore that plea by the govern­ment. We have no choice but to forcibly dis­arm them,” Mu­si­ambu said.

He said in the on­go­ing clashes be­tween the Marak­wet and Pokot com­mu­ni­ties, live­stock theft has be­come rife and many peo­ple have been killed. He ad­min­is­tra­tor said last week, 27 cat­tle were stolen from the Ketut area, the Marak­wet East, and driven to­wards Pokot East. Po­lice re­cov­ered six, which have been re­turned to the own­ers.

“Eight cat­tle were also stolen from Pokot East and driven to­wards Pokot West but we re­cov­ered four of them,” he said.

He added that the two war­ring clans of Kap­siren and Kap­soi in Marak­wet East have re­solved their dif­fer­ences and promised to co-ex­ist.

“The clans have been fight­ing over land whose his­tory is well known to the elders. They have since taken up the mat­ter with El­geyo Marak­wet Gov­er­nor Alex Tol­gos,” Mu­si­ambu said.

He said some peo­ple have been ar­rested and oth­ers marked as key sus­pects.

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Rift Val­ley re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Wanyama Mu­si­ambo (L) Gov­er­nor Alex Tol­gos and El­geyo Marak­wet po­lice boss El­geyo Ab­dal­lah Shar­rif dur­ing a security meet­ing on May 25

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