NAIROBI– Residents, elders and local leaders from two adjacent counties in western Kenya — Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot — have agreed to co-ordinate joint peace processes to flush out cattle rustlers who have plagued the region for years.
Parties attending a border peace meeting held last week at Kokwo Kalya also resolved to support joint patrols by the National Police Reservists aimed at dealing with runaway insecurity in the region.
The border between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties has in the recent past witnessed many cases of insecurity with cattle rustlers remaining a key source of concern to local residents.
The leaders are calling on the local people to embrace peaceful co-existence and work hand-in-hand with the security officers deployed to the area to end cases of lawlessness.
Parties at the meeting also agreed to stand in solidarity with the National Police Reservists deployed to the area to ensure the safety of local people.
Attacks by bandits have been escalating in the area leading to the displacement of hundreds of locals after their houses were torched two weeks ago along the West Pokot-Marakwet border. The government has deployed security personnel to the region to restore normalcy after locals fled their homes after they were burnt by bandits.
The affected residents have so far benefited from free medical camp that has been set up to help attend to those infected by various ailments as a result of sleeping in the cold.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK