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Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:55 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The government has denied reports that 14 people were killed during clashes between the Pokot and Turkana communities at Lomelo in Turkana East on Friday. Addressing a press conference in Nakuru today, Rift valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said that only one person died during the confrontation between the two communities.
Mr Musiambo said that a disagreement emerged as members of the Pokot community were returning 175 goats stolen from the Turkana. He added that a few moments later, one woman who was being transported from hospital aboard a land rover from Lokori to lomelo was killed after bandits shot at the vehicle.
The administrator accused "propagandists out to cause panic" in the area of spreading false rumors about the killing of 14 people in the area. The regional coordinator said that one person was arrested in connection with the romour and recorded a statement at Chemolingot police station in Tiaty.
On the Marakwet-Pokot conflict, Mr Musiambo said that normalcy had returned after the government launched a major operation in which 100 National police service reservists have been incorporated from Marakwet West, Marakwet East and East Pokot. Further the government has adopted dialogue as one way of finding a lasting solution to the rustling problem that has been there across East Pokot-Marakwet east boarder.
Mr Musiambo reiterated that the government will not spare any person found in possession of weapons illegally. He said that the government was committed to mopping out all illegal weapons in the region after communities residing there failed to honour a government directive to register their weapons.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County