Tu­nai, Ong­wae lead res­i­dents in seal­ing deal to live in peace

‘We should be talk­ing of how to im­prove cross-border trade and other ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove the well-be­ing of our peo­ple, not com­ing to­gether to solve con­flicts’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - ED­WIN NYARANGI @Ed­winN­yarangi

Narok Gov­er­nor Samuel Tu­nai and his Kisii coun­ter­part James Ong­wae on Wednes­day led border com­mu­ni­ties in promis­ing to live in har­mony.

The two at­tended a peace meet­ing held at Olmelil. It was con­vened by Rift Val­ley re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Wanyama Mu­si­ambo and his Nyanza coun­ter­part Wil­son Njega. The gover­nors said the peren­nial con­flicts have led to the loss of lives and prop­erty.

Tu­nai and Ong­wae said mem­bers of the Maa­sai, Kip­sigis and Kisii com­mu­ni­ties were put to­gether by God as neigh­bours and they should not al­low a few “crim­i­nals” to cause an­i­mos­ity among them. “Narok county is the face of Kenya, where we have Maa­sai, Kip­sigis, Kisii, Kuria, Kikuyu, Luo and Luhya com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in har­mony. We should not al­low the con­flict on our bor­ders to af­fect peace­ful co­ex­is­tence,” Tu­nai said.

Ong­wae said two years ago, he and Tu­nai re­solved con­flicts be­tween the Maa­sai and Kisii com­mu­ni­ties in Lol­go­rian and Kiango. He said they were happy res­i­dents of the two ar­eas have been liv­ing in peace since then. “We should be talk­ing of how to im­prove cross-border trade and other ac­tiv­i­ties that are aimed at im­prov­ing the well-be­ing of our peo­ple, not com­ing to solve border con­flicts. Our peo­ple have been liv­ing as neigh­bours and no­body should change that,” Ong­wae said.

Kisii Se­na­tor Chris Obure said he led leg­is­la­tors from Kisii to visit In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery last week and ask him to en­sure the con­flict that started early this year is brought to an end.

“Nkaissery as­sured us that he would be send­ing Mu­si­ambo and Njega to solve the cri­sis,” he said.

MPs Jo­hana Ng’eno (Emu­rua Dikirr) and Eli­jah Moindi (Nyarib­ari Masaba) said they have set aside Sh10 mil­lion each from CDF to start a water project to ben­e­fits all the com­mu­ni­ties on the border. They called for other ben­e­fi­cial projects.

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