21 die in dispute over border
10. March 2008
CLASHES over a border dispute have left 21 people dead in the past
two months in north-western Kenya, officials say.
The incidents exemplify one of the key causes of ethnic violence
that paralysed the East African nation for nearly two months
following disputed elections.
Local legislator Josephat Nanok said late on Saturday that
warriors from the Turkana and Pokot communities were assembling in
the bush. On Thursday, Pokot warriors killed two Turkana men.
“Both groups are charged and anything terrible could happen unless
immediate intervention is sought,” warned Nanok.
Last month, Pokot warriors shot dead four Turkana schoolchildren
and wounded five others near the disputed border, said a local
tribal chief, Gladys Esinyen.
The Pokot and Turkana’s claims as to where the border should be
differ by 70 kilometres.