Education grinds to a halt with Pokot-Marakwet clashes

By Victor Muyakane

The fate of hundreds of pupils along the borders of West Pokot and Marakwet counties now hangs in a balance as pupils and teachers opt to stay at home for fear of sporadic attacks by bandits.

More than a week after schools reopened for the first term, over five institutions along the border of West Pokot and Marakwet counties remain closed due to insecurity. West Pokot KNUT Executive Secretary Martin Sembelo says the clashes do not bode well, for the cause of education in the area.

Hundreds of civilians among them vulnerable women and children who have also been displaced in the insecurity prone border are now in need of humanitarian assistance.

The border is said to be inaccessible with residents calling for an immediate security patrols and urgent peace meetings to return normalcy along the border.

Meanwhile government spokesman Eric Kiraithe says the mop up exercise of illegal firearms will be extended to 41 counties in the country. Speaking in Mombasa Kiraithe said the operation aims at ensuring that crime is reduced ahead of the general election.

Kiraithe who warned leaders against political intolerance and violence especially during this year’s campaign period said politicians should desist from bankrolling youth to cause mayhem


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