Kip­sigis, Maa el­ders yet to meet NLC on Trans Mara chaos

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Forty el­ders cho­sen to lead peace ef­forts on the Trans Mara East-West bor­der are yet to meet the Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion. Two months ago, a peace deal was struck to end the land con­flict be­tween the Maa­sai and Kip­sigis.

The com­mu­ni­ties were asked to pro­pose 20 el­ders each dur­ing a meet­ing at­tended by Narok Gover­nor Sa­muel Tu­nai, county com­mis­sioner Moffatt Kangi, Kil­go­ris MP Gideon Konchel­lah and Emu­rua Dikirr MP Jo­hana Ng’eno. Tu­nai said the county would spon­sor the el­ders to a sem­i­nar with the NLC.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised fol­low­ing skir­mishes be­tween the Maa­sai and Kip­sigis, who have been fight­ing for more than six months over land. Six peo­ple were killed in the lat­est round of vi­o­lence and 30 houses razed. Hun­dreds of peo­ple were dis­placed.

“We have not heard any­thing from the county gov­ern­ment. Are they wait­ing for more peo­ple to be killed?” el­der David Ng’eno said.

But di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Oliver Mwenda said Tu­nai got in touch with NLC chair­man Muham­mad Swazuri to set an of­fi­cial date for the sem­i­nar.

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