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Leaders condemn cattle rustling in Marakwet East 

Marakwet residents demonstrate over insecurity at Tot in Marakwet East of Elgeyo Marakwet County. There has been a resurgence of cattle rustling causing loss of lives and displacement of people. Photo by Anne Cheruiyot




Leaders in Elgeyo Marakwet have condemned cattle rustling incident that occurred in Kapyego in Marakwet East last Wednesday.

Led by Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen who visited Kapyego Friday the leaders said the perpetrators should be arrested and charged in court.
“I condemn the acts of lawlessness that has occurred at Kapyego in the last few days and I urge the government to arrest the few criminals disturbing peace at the borders,” he said.
Murkomen said leaders are working with the security teams from both counties to ensure that calm returns to the area and the stolen livestock returned to the rightful owners.
Raiders on Wednesday night attacked their neighbors at Kapsangar area on West Pokot –Elgeyo Marakwet margin and drove away an unknown number of livestock.
The incident has sparked tension between the two communities causing some of the residents at the border to flee their homes for fear of retaliatory attacks.
Marakwet East DCC Eric Mulevu while speaking to KNA said security agencies have held a series of peace meetings with locals from both counties and calm had returned to the area.
Kapyego Ward representative Bension Kiptire also condemned the incident saying marauding criminals in the area may cause a rift between the two communities who have co-existed peacefully for ages.
He said leaders together with security agencies will track down the stolen cattle and return them to the owners, asking them to be patient as the search continues.
He called on political leaders from both counties to work together to ensure that peace is restored between the two communities.
“No one should be living in fear of being attacked by neighbors who have lived together since time immemorial,” he said warning criminals who orchestrated Wednesday night’s incident against causing more mayhem.
By Anne Cheruiyot

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