FIVE KILLED AS TWO LOCAL COMMUNITIES CLASH OVER EVICTIONS FROM KENYAN FOREST

NAIROBI– Tension is high in the Mauche area of Nakuru County in western Klenya after the killing of at least five people Wednesday night in the wake of ongoing evictions in the Mau Forest, the country’s largest drainage basin.

Scores were injured and are currently recuperating at Nakuru Level Five hospital as two communities residing in the area clashed over questionable acquisition and occupation of parcels of land on the edges of Mau Forest.

A huge contingent of security personnel has been deployed to quell tension in the area even as a section of local leaders from neighbouring Narok County called on the government to go ahead and begin phase two of evictions from the water catchment area to avert more mayhem.

Several houses were torched, leaving dozens of families out in the night cold. Molo district police officer in charge of Molo district Bernard Kioko confirmed the incident, saying security had been beefed up in the area to avert more chaos.

Two arrow-riddled bodies were moved to Nakuru County Mortuary on Wednesday evening while the third was taken to Nakuru County Referral Hospital mortuary. Ten people with arrowheads lodged in their bodies have been admitted to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

The fight involved two warring communities who have been affected by the ongoing evictions from the Mau Forest Complex by the government which is attempting to protect the vital water catchment basin.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has urged the residents to embrace dialogue and reconciliation as a lasting tool to peaceful co-existence.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK