As the World Commemorate International Peace Day on September 21, the people living along the embattled Nkararo – Enoosaen border in Transmara West Sub County have a reason to celebrate as they are now back to productive business after a period of prolonged clashes in the area.
The area has been experiencing on-and-off skirmishes where two Maasai sub-clans namely; Uasin Gishu and Siria clans battled over what they alleged as land boundaries.
Earlier this year, Narok Governor Patrick Ntutu led prominent Maa leaders who including Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and Anglican Church of Kenya Arch Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit to try and look for a possible solution.
Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde also held various meetings with religious leaders to try and resolve the perennial issues that were affecting development in the area.
The latest skirmishes in June this year left tens of people injured, sugarcane plantations destroyed and houses torched after the area experienced fresh chaos.
This forced the interior Cabinet secretary Kithure Kindiki to tour the area where he directed the Rift Valley Regional Security and Intelligence Committee led by Regional Commissioner Dr. Hassan Abdi to arrest any person, regardless of their status in the society, behind the clashes.
Sikawa location, which borders Nkararo area, chief Phillip Olekortom confirmed peace has been restored in the area as the two warring clans have since embraced peace and interact with one another daily as they exchange goods and services.
“The area is now peaceful. The government has established a General Service Unit (GSU) in the area that helps in the monitoring of the land,” he underscored.
Olekortom observed that the sugarcane and maize farmers who were greatly affected by the skirmishes as their farms were burnt down, have their crops flourishing in the farms.
The chief asked residents to embrace the brotherhood spirit so as to foster development in the area, which has fertile soils for planting a variety of crops.
Stephen Kantai, a young man from the area, asked the youth to report people who wooed them with cheap things so that they could engage in crime.
By Ann Salaton