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Large administrative units identified as major cause of tension in Narok

The  National Assembly Parliamentary Committee on Security has recommended the creation of more administrative units as part of measures to end the perennial tribal clashes in Oloorwasi area in Narok South Sub County.

The  Committee Vice-Chairman, John Waluke said that they would ensure that the issues raised by Kipsigis and Maasai communities during their day-long visit to the area are addressed so that they end the violence.

“The main point that was echoed by the residents is the need to establish more administrative units. If establishing more locations and sub-locations will bring peace and stability in these areas, then we are fully supporting it,” he said.

Waluke  who is also the Sirisia MP led a committee of four members in touring the clash-hit area  on Monday and met a host of residents who openly shared with them their grievances and causes of the clashes in the area.

A fortnight ago, the Kipsigis and Maasai communities living in the area conflicted after an alleged loss of a cow. As a result, eight people were killed, over 20 injured and dozens of houses torched.

Other committee members who toured the area included MPs, Marselino Malimo (Laisamis), Oka Kaunya (Teso North) and Abdi Omar Shurie (Balambala).

Also present was the Narok County Commissioner (CC), Samuel Kimiti, the local Member of Parliament, Korei ole Lemein (Narok South) and Ololulunga Member of County Assembly, Jefferson Aruasa.

The Committee vice chair said if the matter was not well addressed it would lead to more bloodshed and loss of property.

“As your servants, we will defend the issues raised before us to implement by the government in a bid to find lasting solutions to the problems currently affecting you,” he said.

The legislator urged the two communities residing in the area should shun retrogressive behaviours like tribalism which had been overtaken by time.

“The tribalism will not add any value to life and there is a need to preach peace and reconciliation because it will spur development and improve the living standards,” said Waluke.

The  MP warned security officers deployed to maintain peace in the affected areas to avoid taking sides while undertaking their duties.

The  CC reminded the residents that it was now illegal for anyone to carry bows, arrows and spears and those who disobey the government directive will be arrested and charged before court of law.

By  Ann Salaton

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