Pokot and El­geyo Marak­wet MPs skip bor­der dis­pute meet­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Governors and MPs from the trou­bled Marak­wet and Pokot coun­ties yes­ter­day skipped a del­e­gates’ meet­ing in Nakuru called to dis­cuss so­lu­tions to con­flicts in the Ke­rio Val­ley. The Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion or­gan­ised a meet­ing be­tween el­ders from the war­ring Marak­wet and Pokot com­mu­ni­ties. Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and lead­ers from the trou­bled ar­eas, among them governors Alex Tol­gos (El­geyo Marak­wet) and Ben­jamin Ch­e­sire (Baringo), Ti­aty MP As­man Ka­mama and for­mer MP Je­bii Kil­imo had been in­vited to at­tend. NCIC chair­man Fran­cis ole Ka­paro (pic­tured) said, “The meet­ing was cru­cial as it seeks to end the in­ter-eth­nic ri­valry be­tween the com­mu­ni­ties in the Ke­rio Val­ley.” He urged se­cu­rity agen­cies in the Ke­rio Val­ley to ar­rest sus­pects con­nected with the clashes. “All po­lit­i­cal lead­ers should be am­bas­sadors of peace, es­pe­cially in war­ring com­mu­ni­ties, to end the con­flicts be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced. I will en­sure such peace meet­ings are held at the grass­roots level,” Ka­paro said. Baringo county com­mis­sioner Peter Ok­wanyo urged res­i­dents to shun trib­al­ism, which he said is a cause of con­flict. Last week­end, con­flicts were re­ported in the Ke­rio Val­ley. Rift Val­ley re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Wanyama Mu­si­ambo warned against il­le­gal guns. Over the past month, there have been clashes in the re­gion that have left at least 30 peo­ple dead and thou­sands dis­placed. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers set up camp along the banks of the Ke­rio River, as rel­a­tive calm re­turned to the re­gion. Five sus­pects, among them two spiritual lead­ers, have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with per­sis­tent cat­tle raids.

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