Angry residents of Mau Narok on Monday night barricaded the Mau Narok to Mwisho wa Lami road as they protested the increased cases of insecurity in the area following an attack on two men who were slashed severally by unknown assailants.
Police had to fire in the air to disperse the angry residents who had also lit bonfires to protest the attacks on the two who are now nursing serious injuries at the Nakuru level five hospital.
According to the area MCA Jackson Gathua, the residents were protesting the attack which occurred while the two victims returned to their homes from Muthera farm that has had a history of violent confrontations between members of two communities residing in the area.
Locals are now demanding police action to curb the increasing incidences of thuggery and assaults.
The MCA confirmed that an uneasy calm had since returned to the area but expressed concern that tension was still evident as people were afraid to go about their daily activities.
He called on area residents to remain calm even as he urged security agencies to investigate the incident thoroughly to result in prosecution of those involved.
The incident comes only a week after similar violent confrontations that were witnessed in Likia, a few kilometres away following the killing of a man who had gone to look for his stolen sheep.
During the Likia incident, tempers flared as area MP Charity Kathambi accused her predecessor of inciting the local community.
Kathambi has been in the forefront in calling for peaceful co-existence in the constituency that has had its fair share of tribal skirmishes over the years.
She called on leaders to be in the forefront in preaching peace among the residents.
By Jane Ngugi