The government has ordered forceful disarmament in troubled Oloorwasi area in Narok South Sub County after eight persons were killed and dozens left nursing injuries following four day clashes between two Communities living in the area.
Speaking on Wednesday when he visited the area, the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner (RC), George Natembeya ordered for an immediate mop up of illegal weapons in the hands of the residents.
“The security team will move door to door searching for any weapons in your possession. Any homestead that will miss spears and arrows will be forced to show where they have hidden them,” said Natembeya.
Natembeya noted one of the deceased was killed using a gun adding that the government would not relent until the loose gun was surrendered.
“The person in possession of the illegal gun should surrender it to the local chief or just place it besides the road where we can easily find it. Otherwise we will forcefully get it and charge him in court of law,” the RC continued.
Accompanied by the Rift Valley Police Commander, Marcus Ocholla, the RC also took issue with politicians from outside the constituency who tour the troubled area asking them to keep off as they are deemed to be inciting the residents to violence.
“If you locals have any problem you should look for your local Member of Parliament not calling on people from other areas to come help you resolve your issues. However, I advise you to work hard in your farms in a bid to provide for your families as politicians will never satisfy you,” advised Natembeya.
Natembeya asked the two communities, the Kipsigis and Maasais who have lived together for a long time to embrace brotherhood as God created them to live together.
“Do you think what you are doing is right? I want to assure you that you will always remain together whether you like it or not as no one will move from his or her homestead,” reiterated Natembeya.
Also present in the baraza that saw hundreds of residents from both the communities come together was Narok County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti and top county security team.
Jackson Ole Kamweya, a former politician blamed unresolved land issues for the on and off fracas in the area.
But John Kenduiywo, a resident blamed large administrative units for the fracas witnessed, saying the area that covers over 50 Kilometres long is manned by only one Chief.
“I am a teacher by profession and most of the pupils I teach have never seen a chief. We are the people who try to teach them the ethics they should embrace to be good citizens,” said Kenduiywo.
By Ann Salaton