The on and off tension experienced at the border of Narok and Nakuru counties could be a thing of the past after the leaders drawn from the two counties held a peace meeting in the area.
The meeting held yesterday at Likia area along the border of the two counties and attended by top leadership from both counties was prompted by the killings of seven people in different incidents over the last two months.
Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai and County Commissioner Evans Achoki who led the Narok team called on the Maasai and Kipsigis communities living in the area to coexist peacefully to enhance development in the area.
Governor Tunai promised to work with the village elders, whom he said will identify the issue arising from the members of the public and help in resolving them.
He called on the elders to engage the youth frequently in a bid to try to understand the challenges they were facing, as they are the main culprits in times of war.
Tunai proposed zoning of the Lockman forest, where two young people aged 14 and 13 years old were killed two weeks ago, so that every community living in the area will get an equitable share of grazing land.
County Commissioner Achoki assured the residents that his security team shall respond to all distress calls to avert a possibility of clashes in the area.
“We have agreed from today hence forth, we will respond promptly to any distress call brought to our attention and incase of cattle rustling, the police, chiefs and village elders will follow the missing livestock immediately,” he said.
The Nakuru team led by Deputy Governor Dr. Eric Korir and County Commissioner Erastus Mbui also pledged to work closely with the people to stop violence at the border points.
Dr. Korir made a passionate appeal to the security team to employ enough security officers in the area to boost security in the volatile land.
On his part, the Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui warned any community found to engage in fighting that their days are numbered saying the long arm of the law will catch them and punish them severely.
Narok North Member of Parliament Moitalel Ole Kenta and his Njoro counterpart Charity Kathambi asked the locals to coexist peacefully to adequately utilize available resources.
A host of Members of the County from both counties was present in the one-day meeting.