Tension remains high in Kapedo after bandit attack

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Kapedo, a trading centre on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties, has for a long time been the source of conflicts between local communities
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Tension remains high in Kapedo along Baringo-Turkana Border following a bandit attack that left at least three people dead.

The herders were attacked on their way to Ameyan market from Kapao.

The attackers murdered three of the seven livestock businessmen and injured one who is currently receiving treatment at Baringo referral hospital.

The government is expected to deploy more police officers to quell possible retaliation.

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Joshua Cheptai a resident says, the traders were using private means and urged the government to reinstate police escort for public transportation to avert more attacks.

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Tirioko ward MCA Sam Lokales has called on the government to bring to an end the perennial attacks and consider putting up military barracks in Kapedo and relocate residents who are at risk.

Speaking in a separate function, Tiaty MP William Kamket said they will work together with his counterpart Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, to initiate peace talks between the two warring communities in the region.

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Why Kapedo is a target?

Kapedo, a trading centre on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties, has for a long time been the source of conflicts between local communities.

The Pokot and the Turkana have been fighting for control of the 18 acres on which the trading centre stands.

As a result, dozens of people have been killed and thousands displaced every time there are flare-ups.

The conflict that dates back to the 18th century has since destroyed the cordial relationship that existed between the two communities as both laid claim to the property.

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The Pokots have maintained that Kapedo has been theirs since time immemorial. They say they used the land to graze and water their livestock and claim the Turkana invaded their land at Nadomein Silale, Akoret, Kapau, and Lokis, and pushed them out.

The Turkanas, on the other hand, say Kapedo belongs to them.

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