Three killed in Kerio Valley clashes

 By Carol Kamau

Three Police Reservists have been killed in the ongoing skirmishes in the war torn Kerio Valley.

Reports indicate that many more cannot be accounted for as the rivalry pitting the Marakwet herders and Pokot bandits took a bloody dimension.

The three reservists died at grazing fields along the Turkwel power lines in Marakwet East as a fierce fight ensued between the two groups in a brawl that saw echoes of bullets rent the air for the better part of Sunday.

Area police commander Tom Odera disclosed that the warring factions were still engaging each other in the fight, even as he confirmed that the police have been mobilized to arrest the situation.

Elsewhere, security has been intensified in the Rift Valley Region to counter possible flare ups before and after the forth coming General Election.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo says the government has scaled up security surveillance and invested in the state of the art equipment to help police repulse violence and track hate mongers in potential conflict hot spots.

Musiambo said audio recording gadgets have been distributed to all counties in the region to enable security officers apprehend those intending to stoke hatred among citizens during rallies. He also warned politicians against rubbing law enforcers the wrong way.

Musiambo said accredited regional peace crusaders will traverse the Rift Valley region to sensitize citizens on the need for tolerance and integration during the electioneering period.

He said that Eldoret, Timboroa, Naivasha, Nakuru and Molo will be the focal points of peace crusades in coming months.

Additional information by Agnes Mwangangi






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