Security personnel have exposed what they describe as ‘elaborate schemes’ to reignite bloodletting skirmishes on the volatile Nakuru-Narok border where seven people have been killed in the past two months.
Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui Mwenda said security agencies had heightened intelligence gathering, adding that a clique of politicians and war mongers inciting locals into acts of lawlessness will soon be subjected to prosecution before law courts.
Speaking at the Nakuru-Narok border during a peace meeting between two warring communities Mr Mwenda said he was deeply upset by recurrent skirmishes in the area and stated that he was liaising with his Narok Counterpart Evans Achoki and local police chiefs to enhance security presence across the area to prevent further loss of lives and property.
The meeting was also graced by Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr Eric Korir and Njoro Member of Parliament Kathambi Chepkwony, among other leaders.
The County Commissioner stated that various security agencies had gathered useful and detailed information on suspected masterminds of secret strategy meetings for renewed attacks in the areas.
“Even as the national and county governments continue to address the root cause of these clashes, the police are under strict instructions to arrest and charge everyone involved in the killings.
And as that happens, residents of Narok, Nakuru and neighbouring counties and indeed the entire country must be reminded to always respect each other and that tribe means nothing. We are all members of one big family called Kenya,” added the administrator.
Urging the residents to maintain peace and stop bloodshed, Ole Tunai noted that residents must embrace dialogue and reconciliation as conflict over land and other resources can only be sorted through legal processes.
“The sight of burning houses and suffering families is unbearable and primitive.
The Governor further urged police to arrest and level criminal charges against parents whose sons and daughters are enlisted to participate in war-like activities.
Dr Korir called on various government agencies to tighten the noose on perpetrators of ethnic violence and shaming political aspirants inciting ethnic skirmishes and eventually blocking them from electoral contests.
“We cannot allow criminal elements to continue operating with total and open disregard for law. Our officers should deal decisively with anyone regardless of his social status who engages in activities that threatens stability and livelihood of residents in Narok and Nakuru areas,” indicated Dr Korir.
The law maker called on the organizers of the peace talks to engage community forest associations from both counties as a way of making the reconciliatory meeting representative.
“It is criminal and idiotic to take up arms and fight your neighbor at the prompting of corrupt elders and crooked politicians. We must coexist peacefully if we have to achieve meaningful development” said the lawmaker.
She called on politicians to avoid issuing inflammatory statements that could reignite mutual suspicion and skirmishes in the volatile region.