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NCIC urges leaders to refrain from careless utterances

26 January 2015, 09:29

Kakamega - Leaders should stop making utterances in political rallies, social gatherings or social media that may promote division and hatred among Kenyans, Chairman of National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Francis Ole Kaparo has said.

Kaparo, who was speaking at the border of Kakamega and Nandi County urged members of different communities to avoid incitement and live in harmony.

“We as a country should not be divided along religious, cultural, ideological or ethnic lines. A united country will create development and a peaceful nation will lead to social, political and economic prosperity,” Kaparo told the area residents.

Kaparo explained that conflicts can be avoided if every Kenyan promoted nationalism and respect for divergent views.

He also urged Kenyans to embrace inter-community marriages to fight negative ethnicity.

“Last year, I was saddened by violence that occurred here. You have lived in peace for all these years; why are you now fighting and destroying property because of a mistake of one or two people?” posed Kaparo.

Last year, ethnic violence erupted in Kuvasali village along the Nandi-Kakamega borders between Luhya and Nandi communities. The violence erupted after a Luhya was alleged to have killed a Nandi over land dispute leading to retaliatory attacks from the Nandis.

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One person was killed and several houses torched.

Nandi County Governor, Cleophas Lagat, said a common market will be established in the area to allow people near the border of the two counties to engage in business.

The County commissioner, Matilda Sakwa, said security has been beefed up at the border of the two counties and police will remain vigilant to ensure no chaos erupt.

“Leaders from Nandi and Kakamega counties should now promote reconciliation and avoid inciting residents around the area. Every Kenyan has rights to buy land and work anywhere in the country,” said Sakwa.

NCIC commissioners were in Nandi and Kakamega counties to investigate the cause of violence that erupted along the border.

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