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Govt keen to prevent tribal conflicts in the counties

11 November 2014, 10:59 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has embarked on an exercise to determine ethnic composition of the 47 County governments to prevent future conflicts.

The commission has already received reports from at least 40 counties and is currently studying them to determine the recruitment status to ensure positions and resources are equitably distributed amongst communities.

Speaking in Nakuru Town, NCIC Vice-Chairperson, Irene Wanyoike and Assistant Director Civic Education and Advocacy, Kilian Nyambu said that there was need for governors to share resources fairly and ensure that all communities benefit.

At the same time, Wanyoike said the commission was already engaging youth, elders and other leaders from the warring communities in Pokot, Baringo and Turkana counties to end the ongoing conflict.

The Kenya Defence Forces have launched a massive operation to flush out bandits in the cattle rustling region following the killing of 22 police officers in Kasarani area, Kapedo two weeks ago.

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The ongoing conflict between the Pokot and Turkana pastoralist communities which has led to loss of life and property is linked to contentious boundaries.

According to residents, the discovery of oil and gas in Silale and adjacent areas sparked off the conflict with both communities laying claim to it.

“It is for all of us as Kenyans to bring peace … every person has a role to play in peace building,” she said.

However, NCIC now wants youth to stay away from conflict and stop being misused by politicians for selfish political gain.

“All resources belong to the people of Kenya but it is important for exploration companies to talk to communities to ensure that they also benefit from these resources be it in terms of schools, electricity or health facilities,” she said.

She was speaking during a training workshop for youth leaders drawn from Nakuru and Kisii counties.

Read Also: Govt to blame for West Pokot killings, MPs claim

“We want to engage the youth because they are active participants in these conflicts,” she said.

“If you are asked to throw stones you should be able to ask why,” she advised.

Meanwhile, University students from Pokot community in Nakuru want the government to suspend the disarmament operation in Tiaty constituency.

The students numbering about 100 visited the People Daily offices in Nakuru to express their anger over what they termed as injustice and contravention of human rights being meted on innocent villagers.

Led by Christopher Losute, Lokiwial Melvin and Chepchumba Everlyne, the students termed the operation unconstitutional and unnecessary.

“It is very painful to see innocent people including women and children being attacked by soldiers. We want this thing to stop,” said Losute.

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