Political leaders instigating clashes in Narok warned

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner (RC) Mwongo Chimwanga has cautioned political leaders in clash prone Njoro and Molo Subcounties to desist from engaging in activities that stir ethnic animosity.  

Mongo says that ethnic discord borne out of tribal inclinations is increasingly paralysing normal activities in the areas that he says are still reeling from weeks of interethnic skirmishes.

The RC accused a section of politicians of seeking political mileage by sensationalising the Mau evictions saying the County security committee and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission(NCIC) will ensure politicians bent on incitement are prosecuted.

The RC said this Tuesday in Nakuru during a meeting between the area security committees and representatives from warring communities called to build consensus ahead of sustainable peacebuilding efforts being fronted by NCIC.

The Administrator noted that the government had since opened all 11 schools in the area that were shut down due to conflict.

He used the occasion to reassure candidates of the forthcoming national examinations of an incident-free examination period.

Mwongo refuted claims that students from the clash torn areas were being transferred to schools in neighboring sub-counties amid heightening fear for fresh flair ups saying security agencies in Molo and Njoro Sub Counties are vigilant against a repeat of ethnic altercations.

The political leadership in the areas say the Government backed eviction phases in the Mau Complex have triggered animosity and suspicion among the Ogiek, Maasai and the Kipsigis communities.

A vicious cycle of violence in the largely farming enclave in recent months has prompted concern and intervention from the NCIC which now seeks to pursue dialogue as a way of averting further conflict.

Speakers at the event challenged the NCIC to mount cohesion building campaigns in the now declared notorious flashpoints of clashes along the Narok- Nakuru common border in the effort of finding political lasting peace among the communities.

At a similar meeting last week, NCIC Chief Executive Hassan Mohammed said the commission has begun issuing cessation notices to politicians stoking hatred among communities.

Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina is among politicians that the commission has already served with a cessation notice.



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