Tu­nai asks bor­der com­mu­ni­ties to stop fight­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The Maasai, Kip­sigis, Kuria and Kisii should live in har­mony and avoid tribal con­flicts as they “were made neigh­bours by God and no­body can change that”, Narok Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Tu­nai has said.

He spoke on Tues­day at Ol­donyo-Orok trad­ing cen­tre dur­ing a de­vel­op­ment tour.

The com­mu­ni­ties live on the Narok, Kisii, Mig­ori and Bomet county bor­ders. For years, they have fought pe­ri­od­i­cally, es­pe­cially due to stock theft and bound­ary dis­putes.

The gov­er­nor said he is work­ing with his coun­ter­parts James Ong­wae (Kisii), Isaac Rutto (Bomet) and Okoth Obado (Mig­ori) to solve is­sues that fuel the con­flicts.

“I con­demn the vi­o­lence be­tween the Kisii and Kip­sigis com­mu­ni­ties and Maasai and Kip­sigis com­mu­ni­ties in the re­cent past, which only serve to cre­ate un­nec­es­sary an­i­mos­ity,” Tu­nai said.

He urged res­i­dents to use le­gal chan­nels and other dis­pute res­o­lu­tion pro­ce­dures to solve land dis­putes and cat­tle rustling, in­stead of en­gag­ing in vi­o­lence.

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