Police in Kericho are on the hunt for a man who slashed twelve cows at Lelaitich farm in a macabre attack that has ignited ethnic tension along the Kericho-Kisumu common border.
Officers from the Rapid Response Unit are already on the ground as they search for the attacker intensified amid questions over his true intentions.
According to Koitaburot location Chief Philip Terer, the man chased away the children who were grazing the cows before executing the criminal act even as he dismissed reports that the cows could have strayed into a maize plantation saying that the crop had already been harvested.
The Kericho County government has already dispatched veterinary officers to the area to attend to the injured cattle.
A meeting to ease tensions among members of two communities living in the area has been held amid fears of a possible retaliatory attack.
Area Member of County Assembly Josephat Ruto alleges that the incident was not in isolation claiming that those living in the area have been receiving threats ever since they were resettled in the area.
The about 400 families living at the Lelaitich farm were resettled in the area about six years ago by the government following their eviction from Mau forest with each family allocated 2 acres.