Tension high on the Kuria-Trans Mara border

Police have created a five kilometer buffer zone between Kuria East and Trans Mara West sub counties in a bid to diffuse tension between the Maasai and Kuria communities living in the area.

Trans Mara West OCPD, Alfred Muthua said the move will ensure members of the two communities do not cross the border into each other`s territory, and this will go on until calm has returned to the area.

According to Muthua, this intervention is expected to stop any retaliatory attacks.

On Monday evening, one person was shot dead at Masurura area on the border by unknown persons, sparking off tension.

Speaking to KNA in his office on Wednesday, Muthua said police have launched investigations into the incident as they seek to apprehend the culprits.

Mr. Naiguran Tereu aged 45 years was killed on Monday night by unknown people. His body had four gun wounds on the stomach and hand.

It was suspected the attackers picked a quarrel with the deceased after they disagreed over an unknown issue before shooting him.

A resident of the area, Mr. Elias Korio said that the deceased seemed to have been targeted by his attackers who had accused him of taking part in the death of one of their own late last year.

“His attackers may have been on a revenge mission following the killing of another man last year”, Korio said.

The body was moved to St. Joseph Mission Hospital Mortuary in Kilgoris Town pending postmortem.

By Mabel Keya

Source: KNA