Five killed, several injured in Mau forest clashes

Written By: KBC Reporters

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Tension is high in Mauche area of Nakuru County after the killing of at least five people Wednesday night in the wake of ongoing evictions in the Mau Forest.

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Scores were injured and are currently recuperating at Nakuru level five hospital as two communities residing in the area clashed over questionable acquisition and occupation of parcels of land on the edges of Mau.

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A huge contingent of security personnel has been deployed to quell tension in the area even as a section of leaders drawn from Narok County called on the government to go ahead and begin phase two of evictions from the water tower to avert more mayhem.

Several houses were torched, leaving dozens of families in the cold night. Molo OCPD Bernard Kioko confirmed the incident, saying security had been beefed up in the area to avert more chaos.

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Two arrow-riddled bodies were moved to Nakuru County Mortuary last evening while the third was taken to Nakuru County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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10 people with arrowheads lodged in their bodies have been admitted to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

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The fight involved two warring communities who have been affected by the ongoing evictions in the Mau Forest Complex.

Area assistant chief, Sammy Kirui confirmed the deaths and attributed the clashes to land conflict.

Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has urged the residents to embrace dialogue and reconciliation as a lasting tool to peaceful coexistence.

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