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Illegal weapons destroyed as residents pledge to embrace peace

 About 4100 arrows, 1500 bows and three spears nabbed at volatile Ololulunga and Melelo wards in Narok South Sub County have been destroyed.

The illegal weapons were destroyed Monday during the World Peace Celebrations Day held at Narok South Technical Training center, in a function attended by National Cohesion and equal opportunity parliamentary committee members, Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki and National Cohesion and Integration Commission representatives.

 Achoki who led in destroying the weapons commended the residents for agreeing to bury their bitter past under the sad and unite for prosperity.

“The people signed a peace agreement where they agreed that no person will be allowed to come to incite the communities living near the Maasai Mau forest. They also agreed to ban all political activities around the forest,” he said.

The county commissioner put on notice people he described as hate-speech mongers in the county warning them to use another tool as their days were numbered.

“We will not spare you regardless of who you are. If your work is to incite one community against the other, then we will automatically arrest you and ensure you are punished accordingly,” said Achoki.

The county commissioner who is barely a month old in the county observed that land had been identified as the major cause of violence in the area as many parcels of land do not have legal land documents.

“We have started the process of cleaning up the land so as to get the rightful owners of the land. We want to request anyone with a complaint to air it now because after the process, no more complaints will be received,” reiterated Achoki.

Narok South Member of Parliament Korei Ole Lemain acknowledged that land was a major cause of tension in the area but asked the residents to give time to the NCIC commissioners and the land officials to conclude their findings.

“The issue of land is so sensitive and should be done in a systematic manner. Let us give the experts time to get the clear boundaries of the group ranches,” said Ole Lemain.

Kasipul Kabondo Member of Parliament Charles Were, who led the parliamentary committee group, commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for leading by example when they agreed to shake hands for the sake of National unity.

We encourage the security team to arrest even politicians who incite people to violence. The lives of our people is more important than one person’s selfish interest, he added.

NCIC commissioner Sam Kona asked the residents to create a culture of peace as violence increases the chances of poverty.

“Already most of the residents here have enough problems as they are struggling to meet their basic needs. When we incite them for war it will be worsening their problems,” said Kona.

His sentiments were echoed by Kajiado West Member of Parliament George Sukuyia, who asked politicians to watch their tongues not to cause war.

Other leaders who attended the function included nominated senator representing persons living with disability David Ole Sankok and other nominated senators Falhada Iman and Naomi Shiyonga.

The area has been experiencing on and off skirmishes with the latest experience in the month of April where seven people were killed and several injured in a one-week clashes that involved the Kipsigis and Maasai communities.



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