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Fresh tension in Trans Mara West

Fresh tension has been experienced in Nkararu area in Trans Mara West Sub County, after two Maasai clans living in the area conflicted over land boundary.

Confirming  the incident, the Narok County Commissioner (CC), Samuel Kimiti  said no casualties were reported as security was beefed immediately the conflicts started on Sunday.

“We have enough security personnel drawn from various sectors patrolling the area who moved quickly to quell fracas,” said Kimiti.

The  CC  was speaking to the press in his office on Monday, said the genesis of the on-off fracas in the area was community land, where individuals do not have title deeds for their property.

“I have engaged the Principal Secretary for Lands so as to get the title deeds for five families, who do not have their legal documents. Once this is done, I do not expect any individual to fight over land anymore because all of it will be now legally owned,” reiterated Kimiti.

The CC added that immediately the title deeds are issued, anyone found trespassing will be individually held accountable.

“We will be dealing with individuals found causing chaos and not the community. Anyone found inciting or trespassing in another person’s land will personally be charged,” said Kimiti.

In December last year, when similar chaos engulfed the region, the local security team arrested ten people who were arraigned in Kilgoris court and charged with inciting violence.They were later released on a bond of Sh.300, 000.

The  two clans of Uasin Gishu and Siria have had a long standing dispute over land boundary, which has left tens of people dead and several others injured.

The  local security team has now resolved to move with speed and separate boundary issues from criminal activities and treat them as such.

“Going forward, if you take machetes, arrows and spear and injure your neighbour, that will no longer be a borderline issue but a criminal activity and the law will take its cause,” warned Kimiti.

By  Ann  Salaton

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