21 cows stolen in Marakwet East

Twenty one cows were stolen in Kamelei village in Marakwet East Sub County on Monday as renewed attacks continue being reported along the boundary of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

The Marakwet East Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Stephen Sangolo said he was liaising with his counterpart in West Pokot to assist in recovering the animals and ensure they are returned to owners to prevent revenge attacks.

Sangolo therefore called for calm expressing confidence that with the combined efforts of security personnel from the two counties, the animals will be recovered soon.

Area Governor, Alex Tolgos, County Commissioner, Dr. Ahmed Omar and their counterparts in West Pokot were reported to have travelled to the affected area for a peace meeting.

The Kapyego MCA, Evans Limo called on the government to ensure that the stolen animals are recovered and the culprits arrested, adding that he hoped that the meeting between leaders from the two counties will bear fruits.

He said three primary schools; Kamelei, Kalya and Tenderwa that closed after people fled from the area following the killing of a man last week are yet to open and regretted that the affected pupils were unable to sit for their end term exams.

A resident, Edwin Ruto said they tried to follow the animals to West Pokot County but gave up after they realized that they were risking their lives.

He therefore called on the government to do everything within its power to ensure that normalcy returns in the area, noting the attacks have continued to impoverish residents.

Source: Kenya News Agency