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Senator Murkomen wants elders, not police, to address ethnic clashes with rising toll

Hostile residents were seen blocking the Chesongoch-Tot road, stopping area deputy county commissioner Eric Mulevu who had visited the area from meeting locals. The locals were said to protesting the government’s failure to arrest suspected attackers.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:44 EAT

Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen has urged clan elders to resolve the disputes between clans of the Marakwet and Pokot ethnic groups, saying they can seek the help of the county government if necessary. Mr Murkomen claimed that the region should not "burden" Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet who plan to visit the area on Friday to address the clashes.

“Let us give elders time to fix banditry affecting two communities in the Rift Valley,” Senator Murkomen said, warning that despite efforts being put in place to resolve clashes between the two groups, peace restoration has remained elusive as banditry attacks have become the norm.

The senator expressed concern over the continued fighting between Kapsiren and Kabshoi clans in Tot, Marakwet East over  disputed land since May 2015. He was speaking at Hossen Catholic Church, Marakwet West, where he urged the two clans to allow elders to resolve the land dispute amicably.

“Elders have the responsibility to resolve issues as security agencies deal with cross-border attacks. I don’t think you can listen to the government if you can’t listen to community elders,” Murkomen said. The violence continued to claim lives with a boda boda rider killed on Thursday.

Hostile residents were seen blocking the Chesongoch-Tot road, stopping area deputy county commissioner Eric Mulevu who had visited the area from meeting locals. The locals were said to protesting the government’s failure to arrest suspected attackers.

County commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki has called on the warring clans to support security agencies to curtal insecurity in the area by providing information about suspected criminals to the police. Leaders from Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Baringo counties held talks with Nkaissery in Nairobi last week as part of preparations for Friday's visit.

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