BY KINGS WAWERU
LEALDERS from Samburu and Isiolo counties have initiated a peace process to reconcile and end hostilities between two warring communities in the areas.
This is after four people were killed last week at Kom area in Merti district in Isiolo county over pasture and water and hundreds of livestock stolen.
Former Rift Valley provincial commissioner Osman Warfa and his Eastern counterpart Claire Omollo chaired the closed-door meeting at Sportsman Arms hotel in Nanyuki on Monday, which brought together all elected leaders and elders from the two counties.
“We have called a ceasefire and from tomorrow (Tuesday), we will go and meet the herders to make them graze and co-exist peacefully,” Samburu governor Moses Lenolkulal said.
He said short-term measures will be put in place to mitigate conflicts on pasture and watering points.
Isiolo governor Godana Doyo said police and the national government will investigate and deal with the issue of livestock that was stolen from both sides during the incident at Kom.
He urged the leaders to speak the language of peace and coexistence to deter such incidents.
“We have today agreed that we bury our dead but we should not allow this to continue,” Doyo said.
He said pastoralist communities should learn to share water and pasture during drought to ensure peace.
Isiolo senator Mohammed Kuti said a major bonding conference for residents of Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo and Meru counties will be organised soon as a long-term step to ensure sustained peace.
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