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Calm returns to Luo/Nandi border after leaders’ visit

A day after local provincial administration and political leaders visited the clash-torn Nandi/Kisumu border, residents went about their activities normally.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 24 Jun 2016 11:17 EAT

A day after local provincial administration and political leaders visited the clash-torn Nandi/Kisumu border, residents went about their activities normally. Local leaders declared that normalcy had been restored to the area and urged residents to observe peace. 

Political leaders from the Luo and Nandi communities addressed meetings at the border areas on Wednesday, accompanied by the chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Francis ole Kaparo. This reporter saw large contingents of security forces patrolling the border, especially at Songhor and Kopere. 

The local provincial administration has also beefed up security in the region. Nandi county commissioner Lucy Mulili told reporters in Kabsabet a day earlier that police officers will continue to be deployed in the two areas where two people were killed early this week in clashes between the two communities.

The commissioner explained the genesis of the clashes to be the killing of an old man who was grazing his cattle by youths who were making chase for cattle stolen from a farmer in the Muhoroni area. The old man's kin went on a revenge mission, killing another person. “We have reached on elders from Nandi and Luo communities to ensure that no further human lives are lost,” Mulili said. She was accompanied by Nandi police commandant Stavelino Kubai and county DCIO Joseph Ng’ang’a.

The commissioner said her office was working closely with Kisumu county commissioner John Elung’ata to ensure that culprits of frequent stock theft were brought to book.

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