Pastors Fellowship on Unity

Narok County pastors want the Kenyan and Tanzanian Governments to resolve their differences to allow the pastoralists community to continue grazing their animals across the border of the two countries.

Led by their Chairperson Pastor Peter Ole Nakola the clerics said for decades, the animals from the pastoral community in the two countries have been sharing grazing land without any conflicts.

The Maasais in Kenya and Tanzania are brothers and sisters we have lived in unity for a long time and we do not want anything to separate us, he said.

Their sentiments comes after a recent auction of cattle belonging to Kenyan Maasai herders which were allegedly sold in Tanzania and hundreds of chicks being transported from Kenya to Tanzania burnt to death.

These incidents have sparked a diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Tanzania as there was a major outcry in the community who want the two governments to intervene to restore peace, he said.

The pastors who were speaking Thursday at Narok PAG church also condemned the recent shooting to death of cattle in Laikipia when herders clashed with security agencies.

The government should compensate the families of those who lost their animals as it put guidance and counselling sessions among the pastoralists who were affected, he said.

Last week, Narok East Member of Parliament Ken Kiloku voiced concerns over the killing of livestock saying it was an economic sabotage to the Maa community that depend on livestock for survival.

Kiloku said the leaders from the Maa community will unite in fighting for the compensation of the killed livestock as it is the single livelihood of the people.

The Jubilee MP asked the police to arrest criminals grazing livestock in the private land instead of killing animals.

But in a statement, Police Spokesman George Kinoti said the animals were caught in the crossfire as officers were engaging illegal herders who had invaded private ranches.

The police said they shot at the livestock because the armed herders were shooting at the police while shielding themselves with the livestock.

He pointed out that the illegal herders have in the last four months killed eight police officers injured 14 including three innocent civilians and destroyed property worth hundreds of shillings.

Source: Kenya News Agency