News 2008


Scores killed in fresh Laikipia clashes

March 9, 2008


By Sunday Standard Team

Fourteen people have died and six were injured in clashes between farmers and pastoralists in Laikipia West District in the last two days.

On Thursday, six people were killed, while four others were reported missing in different villages.

They are believed to have been shot, with either arrows or guns at Aiyam, Mugunda and Mutamaiyo villages in Rumuruti division, when the two groups clashed.

Unknown number of cows was stolen during the incident.

Area DC Mr Julius Mutula and OCPD Mr Walter Aliwa said district security team made an aerial hunt for the raiders with a helicopter and arrested two and recovered two AK 47 rifles.

Elsewhere, about 26 raiders have been killed along Baringo-East and Pokot districts border in a crack down in the last one-month.

Outgoing Baringo DC, Mr Hassan Farah said two were killed on Thursday during a shootout between police and raiders.

The rustlers had attacked Kapturo and Kinyach area in Bartabwa division on Saturday during a handover ceremony, Farah said cattle rustling were still a headache along district borders despite heavy security.

Mr Khamasi Shivokho takes over from Farah.

And five people were injured at the Borabu/Sotik border when raiders struck at Ikorongo and Manga villages of Borabu District.

Masaba DC, Mr Joel Cherop, said several houses were burnt and police have been sent to the area to contain the clashes.

Area OCPD, Mr Mwaura Njoroge, said officers are on the lookout for any troublemakers.

"There is a lot of tension along the border but officer are vigilant," Njoroge told The Sunday Standard.

West Mugirango MP, Dr James Gesami, urged residents to live peacefully.

Meanwhile, three MPs have said they will intervene to end a border dispute between the Turkana and Pokot.

Nineteen people have died over the last months during fight for ownership of Kainuk trading centre between the two communities.

Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner, Mr Hassan Noor Hassan met the MPs in a bid to end the animosity.

The MPs, the Reverend Julius Murgor (Kapenguria), Wilson Litore (Sigor) and Mr Josephat Nanok (Turkana South) met the PC at Nakuru.

The MPs resolved to support Government efforts to end conflict between the Pokot and Turkana.

Reports by Job Weru, Peter Mutai, Osinde Obare and Robert Nyasato