Politi­cians ac­cused of fu­elling clashes in Laikipia

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | General -

Politi­cians seek­ing to in­flu­ence next year’s elec­tion out­come are be­hind the clashes in Laikipia county, Sam­buru lead­ers have said.

The clashes are be­tween two com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in Laikipia North con­stituency.

Sam­buru West MP Lati Lelelit (pic­tured) said the gov­ern­ment should en­sure all Kenyans are safe, re­gard­less of their tribal af­fil­i­a­tions or eco­nomic sta­tus. “These peo­ple should know that one can choose a friend but can­not choose a neigh­bour,” Lelelit said. He ac­cused lo­cal politi­cians of fu­elling tribal wars in Laikipia, say­ing they should be in­ves­ti­gated. Lelelit said the ob­jec­tive is to push pas­toral­ists vot­ers back to their county where they are be­lieved to have lived be­fore set­tling in Laikipia county.

Re­ports in­di­cate some politi­cians have been hold­ing meet­ings to plan the evic­tions.

Sam­buru Gov­er­nor Moses Lenolku­lal said the clashes in Laikipia North are catal­ysed by is­sues of land and pol­i­tics. Lenolku­lal said such is­sues should not be al­lowed to pre­vail. “We will not al­low our peo­ple to be vic­timised be­cause of land and pol­i­tics,’’ the gov­er­nor said. He said they are closely fol­low­ing what is hap­pen­ing in Laikipia county. “Cat­tle rustling and high­way ban­ditry should be dealt with de­ci­sively,” Lenolku­lal said.

Speak­ing at a dif­fer­ent func­tion in Laikipia, nom­i­nated Sen­a­tor Naisula Le­su­uda ac­cused po­lice of bru­tal­ity, say­ing they are at­tack­ing one com­mu­nity and spar­ing the other. “If op­er­a­tions must be car­ried out and if dis­ar­ma­ment must be done, then it should be done on all com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in Laikipia,” she said.

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