Leaders call for urgent meeting to resolve attacks between Turkana and Pokot
Two MCAs from Tiaty constituency have urged the national government to convene an urgent peace meeting at the border of Baringo and Turkana to address the current retaliatory attacks which have claimed many lives in the past one month.
Daniel Tuwit of Ribkwo and his Kolowa counterpart, Solomon Makal said if the situation was not amicably resolved; the attacks which have so far seen more than twelve people killed are bound to escalate.
The leaders said the acrimony had paralyzed economic activities and transport between the two counties.
Tuwit said tension remains high along the volatile border after six people were shot dead in a span of one week in what is suspected to be revenge attacks.
Speaking to the press on Thursday in Kabarnet town, the Ribkwo MCA stated that the attacks escalated after a police vehicle carrying examination papers to Turkana County was ambushed by suspected Pokot bandits where three police officers and an education official were murdered.
He said since then, retaliatory attacks between the two erstwhile communities have been occurring with each revenge attack leading to loss of lives.
“My worry is that the two communities might be planning for further retaliatory attacks following the latest killings. Imagine transport between Kapedo and Lomelo has become very insecure because most of the attacks occur along the route,” said Tuwit.
Speaking to KNA on telephone on Thursday, Tiaty West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Yusuf Huka confirmed the counter attacks between the two communities adding that the situation was under control.
The DCC said security teams from both counties will visit the scenes of attacks to assess the situation and sensitize the communities on the need to stop the hostilities and give peace a chance.
Makal who regretted the attacks had frustrated economic development along the common boundary asked the government to deploy more security personnel in the area to restore peace. He also called on leaders to sensitize their respective communities on the importance of peaceful co-existence.
By Benson Kelio/Joshua Kibet