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Two Arrested for Evoking Tension in Clash Hit Area

Police manning the volatile Oloorwasi area in Narok South Sub County have arrested two men who were chanting warlike words aimed at triggering tension in the area.
Narok South Deputy County Commissioner Felix Kisalu said the two named David Cheruiyot, 45 years and Philip Kipkurui 39 were arrested near River Endoroboni while making the loud noise to alert their fellow village mates for war.
Kisalu said the suspects will be charged in court of law for triggering violence warning residents to desist from causing unnecessary tension in the area where eight persons have already been killed and others left nursing injuries.
“There is enough security personnel deployed to man this area. A multi-agency police team that includes Rapid Delivery Unit (RDU), General Service Unit (GSU), regular police, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is on the ground patrolling the area,” said Kisalu.
Kisalu confirmed that the process of searching for the illegal arms had begun saying those who will fail to surrender any spear, arrow or gun in their possession will be forcefully disarmed.
“We have a list of all households in this area and we will move from house to house searching for dangerous weapons. We call upon the residents to cooperate or risk arrest,” reiterated Kisalu.
The disarmament process comes after eight people were killed and over 20 others left nursing injuries after two communities living in the land engaged in a four day battle.
Clashes between the two communities erupted when a cow belonging to one of the community was stolen.
Yesterday, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya accompanied by a host of top security personnel from the region toured the embattled area and ordered for a forceful disarmament of all the residents.
But the residents are blaming the poor road network for the on and off fracas saying the road leading to the embattled ground is impassable and many vehicles including the police vehicles get stuck in the mud.
The residents now want the county government to rehabilitate the crucial road so as enable easy access to the volatile land.
By Ann Salaton

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