KENYAN LEGISLATORS WORK FOR PEACE ALONG POLITICAL, ETHNIC DIVIDE IN RIFT VALLEY REGION

NAIROBI, Legislators from opposing sides of the political divide in the Rift Valley region of western Kenya have called on their supporters to maintain peace and quell rising tensions building up along the Kisumu-Kericho county border.

Speaking a day after fresh flare-ups were reported in the area on Tuesday, Members of Parliament allied to Kenya’s ruling Jubilee party in Kericho County said they are reaching out to their counterparts in Kisumu County to preach peace along the border.

Since the repeat presidential election was held on Oct 26, in which President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee party won re-election, tension has been building along the Kisumu-Kericho border as the two communities who support different political groupings have been engaged in altercations.

On the day of voting, rival groups are said to have charged each other. Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang Nyongo and his Kericho counterpart, Prof Paul Chepkwony, during the weekend led a “peace meeting” which included road shows along the border towns to urge tolerance among members of the two communities.

BuHowever, even before their efforts bore fruit, passengers in a matatu (a pick-up truck used as a taxi) plying the Kisumu–Kericho road were allegedly attacked at Awasi by NASA supporters who blocked the roads connecting Kisumu to kericho.

Normalcy has since returned after Tuesday’s incident with regional security heads holding a security meeting to evaluate the situation.

The Jubilee MPs are now reaching out to their NASA colleagues in Kisumu to engage on peaceful co-existence and are in the meantime urging their people to keep calm. The lawmakers have also expressed reservations over the presence of some foreign media representatives who they say are camping along the border waiting for more clashes to break out.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK