Politicians linked to Narok clashes

Authorities in Narok County are now alleging a possible political link to the recent skirmishes that rocked the region pitting members of two communities.

Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya has however assured area residents of their security saying elaborate measures have been put in place to contain the conflict.

This development comes following the killing of a 13-year-old boy on Monday morning after a weekend of calm.

The minor was hacked to death at their home in Esimenwa village. His 70-year-old grandmother and 12-year-old sibling sustained deep wounds during the assault and are admitted at Longisa Mission Hospital.

Calm has returned to the area after the government dispatched more than 300 police officers to end the skirmishes that have so far claimed five lives.

The villages affected are Olmekenyu, Oloisisho, Ololoipangi, and Naiurur. Following the unrest, several schools remain closed.

The clashes are pitting members of the Maasai and Kipsigis communities. Some of the residents are blaming the unrest on politicians while others on Mau Forest evictions.

196 head of cattle stolen during the conflict have been recovered with the administrator directing the operation to recover stolen livestock to continue.

58 houses were burnt in the clashes in seven sectors considered volatile. Narok governor Samuel Ole Tunai led other leaders in calling for calm in the affected region.

The governor says he will lead other political leaders in touring the region in the course of the week as efforts to find a lasting solution to the conflict intensify.



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