South Rift elders call for restraint among warring parties

Elders from the larger South Rift have condemned inter clan clashes witnessed in Njoro Nakuru county that rendered over 400 people homeless.

The leaders are calling on warring communities to refrain from violence and settle disputes through dialogue.

In recent weeks, violence has rocked the Mau region in Narok and Nakuru counties resulting in death, destruction and displacement.

In a bid to quell the tension elders from the larger south rift including the Kipsigis Council of elders, Kipsigis Community Clans Association, Talai, Ogiek and Kook Community Organizations held a meeting to iron out the issues. The elders condemned the violence urging for restraint.

The clashes between warring communities in the region attributed to several factors.

It is alleged that historical land disputes, political incitement, fight for scarce resources, banditry and perceived negligence by the national government are among the triggers of the clashes.

The Kipsigis Council of Elders Secretary Joseph Kimetto, stressed the need to end animosity between the feuding communities, saying they had met as elders to deliberate on important issues touching on the communities.

Kimetto also condemned the evictions in Mau Catchment, saying the government should have considered the plight of those whom it issued with genuine title deeds.

The clashes that flared last week left six people dead and several others admitted after being shot with arrows.

Nakuru deputy speaker, Samuel Tonui, Njoro sub-county CDF chairman, William Kipkemboi, assistant chief Joseph Rutto, and traders Joshua Kipchumba and Christopher Samoei have since been charged in connection with the Njoro clashes.

  

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