Religious leaders in Narok County have called on residents living in the volatile Nkararo area, Trans Mara West Sub County to use alternative dispute resolution instruments instead of engaging in violence.
Narok Pastors’ Fellowship chairman Bishop Peter Nakola said the recent tension witnessed in the area, where the residents differed on land boundary, could be addressed better if they used the right government channels.
Two Maasai clans, Siria and Uasin Gishu, that live in the area have in the past feuded over on land boundaries that turned bloody.
“We camped in the area for a whole month to try and identify what was the root cause of the violence experienced in the area and we found out that it was caused by land disputes. We ask the people to be peaceful even as the government continues with the process of sanitizing the land boundaries,” he said.
The recent tension was triggered by the burning of a mature sugarcane plantation belonging to an individual from the Uasin Gishu clan, causing tension in the area.
The security team led by Trans Mara West Sub County Deputy County Commissioner Hassan Noor held a security meeting in the area and promised to resolve the land boundaries issues immediately.
Bishop Nakola called for peaceful coexistence between the two clans as the government continued with the process of resolving the boundary issue.
The spiritual leader spoke when the religious leaders met with aspirants from all the political sides and county security team led by County Commissioner Isaac Masinde to discuss peace matters in the county during this electioneering season.
Kilgoris MP-aspirant John Olotua called on all the clans living in Trans Mara to embrace peace for development observing that the area was lagging behind in development because of recurrent on and off clashes.
His sentiments were echoed by Narok woman representative aspirant Rebecca Tonkei who called on the youth not to allow anyone to divide them during this electioneering season.
County Commissioner Masinde added a peace prayer meeting scheduled for Thursday at William Ole Ntimama Stadium will bring together all political leaders and religious leaders who will pray for a peaceful election.