Pokot, Turkana Elders to Curse Nadome Massacre Architects
The elders said they will conduct a ceremony to curse those involved in the attacks since the situation has escalated from mere cattle theft to massacring of innocent residents.
Led by Wilson Tonapa, the elders also blamed the government for not taking urgent action to end the killings.
Tonapa said many people have lost lives and property worth millions of shillings destroyed due to the conflict between the two communities.
The elders said youth from the two communities have moved from the cultural practice of raiding and are now fighting over boundary.
“These two communities are in conflict because of boundary issues. We are asking the government to come up with a special commission to help investigate the boundary issue to help the communities to coexist,” he said.
The elders also asked the government to set up Kenya police reservists’ camps along the border to help beef up security.
Tonapa also asked the two county governments to chip in and facilitate organisation of peace meetings.
He said peace finding missions cannot be left to government alone and asked the two counties to support national government in finding a lasting solution.
The elders were speaking on Tuesday in Kapenguria during a peace meeting that brought together elders from Marakwet, Turkana, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot communities.
By Benjamin Wafula