State orders disarmament in Kerio Valley
The communities ignored a plea by the government to register their guns
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.
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