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Peace meetings scheduled along Nyanza/Rift Valley border

30 March 2012, 08:43 Oduor Omondi

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A Series of joint meetings have been scheduled along the borders of Nyanza and Rift Valley regions that have often been hit by skirmishes due to increased incidents of cattle rustling.

The meetings are aimed at encouraging peaceful co-existence and finding a long lasting solution to the cattle rustling menace that has largely contributed to conflicts in those areas.

The peaceful meetings which will be spearheaded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Steering Committee on Peace Building and Conflict Management, are aimed at promoting dialogue as a better mechanism of dispute resolution between the Kalenjin and Luo communities.

According to the committee’s coordinator, Mr. Dominic Odipo, a series of twenty joint meetings involving opinion leaders from the two communities have been scheduled. At the end of the rallies, the communities will then sign a peace pact.

Odipo says the initiative will target Muhoroni and Nyakach constituencies in Nyanza and Aldai, Tinderet and Belgut constituencies in the Rift Valley.

The peaceful meetings come barely a month after clashes hit Kopere, Chepswat and Kibigori areas where lives and property of unknown value were lost.  Mr. Odipo however attributes the recent clashes to external interference.

“The ordinary folks are not known to have problems with each other, but because of political interference, the two neighboring communities have often been incited to fight each other” he says.

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