Peace slowly returning to the troubled Kerio Valley

Peace is slowly returning to the troubled Kerio Valley as schools continue normally, markets reopen and farmers start preparing their farms for 2018’s planting season.

James Chacha, a special Deputy County Commissioner deployed to the area by interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said the disputes brought about by control of grazing fields and water from Kerio river have ceased.

Chacha said the government has been engaging elders and youth from the two sides through peace meetings to end retaliatory attacks, efforts that have realized calm.

A local, Wilson Kiptoo from Marakwet is however calling on the government and the elders to address the issue of compensation of people who lost their loved ones and livestock to achieve lasting peace.

He said the situation had improved, as business activities between the two communities had resumed. He noted the Marakwets were buying livestock and taking their vegetables to Kolowa market in Baringo East while members of the Pokot community were also crossing over to Tot market.

Marakwet East sub county education officer Kimutai Chirchir said enrolment had also improved in the 35 schools which had been affected, as locals who had moved out as a result of the insecurity return to the area.

Source: Kenya News Agency