Marakwet Raiders steal livestock from West Pokot
Tension is high in Kapyego area of Marakwet East following last night’s cattle raids in Kapsangar area along the West Pokot –Elgeyo Marakwet border.
Marakwet East deputy county commissioner Mr. Eric Mulevu said the suspected raiders from Marakwet community on Wednesday night stole several head of cattle from the West Pokot herders in Kapsangar area on the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.
Mulevu who was speaking to KNA on Thursday said security agencies are currently holding a peace meeting with locals from both counties to restore peace following the cattle rustling incident.
“We received reports from the locals that some livestock were stolen from West Pokot, the security team is now heading to the area for peace meeting between the two communities to restore calm,” he said.
He said the security agencies are yet to ascertain the number of animals stolen during the incident.
He said the area has been volatile for the past few weeks adding that cattle rustlers suspected to be from West Pokot community were repulsed by police officers in the two attempted attacks.
Kapyego Ward representative Mr. Bension Kiptire warned residents against sparking more tension and rekindling animosity between the two communities who have been peaceful and asked them to stop the retrogressive culture.
He asked the political leaders from both counties to put aside politics for a while to forge for peace between the two communities to avoid going back to the past.
“I want to ask Marakwet people, why are you provoking peaceful neighbours?” He posed asking the Pokot neighbours to be patient as the leaders and security agencies search for the stolen livestock.
Kiptire said for the interest of peace, leaders were ready to hand over some livestock as bond as they search for the stolen cows.
One of the residents from Tangul area Mr. Jacob Kirop told KNA that tension has forced local herders to flee the border with their livestock for fear of raids.
He said residents were living in fear as women and children spend the nights in cold bushes for fear of being attacked at their homes.
“We are living in fear especially now that livestock have been stolen; we fear that we might be caught in the crossfire incase neighbours decide to retaliate,” Kirop said.
The National government recently recruited additional 250 police reservists to beef up security along the West Pokot/ Turkana as well as West Pokot/Elgeyo Marakwet borders.
By Anne Cheruiyot