A fisherman has been killed and a herder injured in two separate attacks in Kerio Valley bringing the number of people who have been shot dead this January to seven.
Suspected bandits attacked Chesetan in Marakwet East and Arror in Marakwet West killing the fisherman at Kerio River and injuring the herder at Chesetan in Marakwet East.
The fisherman identified as Peter Komen, 50, was reportedly fishing at Kerio River in Teren area when the assailants opened fire and shot him dead at around 7pm on Thursday.
The herder Wisley Korir, 22, sustained gunshot injuries at Chesetan grazing fields at around 3.30pm same day.
According to the Marakwet West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), John Otieno the police officers at Chesuman police station heard gunshots at the Kerio River in Baringo/Marakwet border and when they responded they found the deceased lying in a pool of blood.
He said the assailants shot the fisherman from across the river and fled into the bushes without stealing anything from him.
The DCC who spoke to press on phone from his Kapsowar offices on Friday said the police were pursuing the killers of the fisherman who are said to have fled towards Tiaty.
Assuring the residents that the area was now safe, he said, they had no reason to panic since police officers had been deployed to ensure security.
I assure residents that there is no reason to panic because police deployed in the area are always on high alert, he said.
In the neighbouring Marakwet East, about 50 cattle rustlers raided grazing fields in Chesetan attempting to steal livestock but were repulsed by police officers and KPR in the process, the herder was shot in the leg.
The Marakwet Police Boss, Lemmy Njiru said the herder was rushed to Chesongoch Mission Hospital in the Kerio Valley where he is still recuperating.
He said no livestock were taken but the police were still pursuing the rustlers who fled towards Kerio River.
Six people were shot in January 5, after bandits raided Chesegon on the Elgeyo Marakwet/West Pokot border.
Elected leaders from the three counties of Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot moved to Kerio Valley belt to quell tension and hold peace talks to find solutions to end the retrogressive culture of cattle rustling.
The leaders, included Elgeyo Marakwet Governor, Alex Tolgos, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, MPs, David Pkosing (Pokot South), Peter Lochakapong (Sigor), William Kamket (Tiaty), Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East), William Kisang (Marakwet West), Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria) and women representatives, Lilian Tomitom (West Pokot), Jane Chebaibai (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and Gladwel Cheruiyot (Baringo).
The valley had experienced calm until the Thursday’s incident.
Source: Kenya News Agency