Politicians accused of fuelling clashes in Laikipia
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.