Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Local athletes to walk 800km to break "cycle of violence"

30 June 2015, 09:21 Katy Migiro

Nairobi - A dozen world-famous Kenyan athletes, including Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Tergat and Tegla Loroupe, will lead a 22-day "walk for peace" across northern Kenya aimed at curbing rising inter-ethnic violence.

The 836 km (520 mile) walk is being organised by Commonwealth Gold medallist John Kelai who decided to take action after three of his uncles were shot dead in a cattle rustling raid, where rival pastoralist groups steal livestock from each other.

The traditional practice has turned deadly in recent years with an influx of cheap guns across Kenya's porous borders.

"We are going to inspire and engage the young people from the divided communities and help to break the cycles of violence," Kelai said in a statement.

Ethnic groups often carry out revenge attacks against each other in a sparsely populated rural areas where many homesteads have weapons to deter invaders.

More than 210,000 people were displaced in Kenya's northeastern counties of Mandera and Wajir in 2014, many more than in previous years, according to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

This "silent displacement crisis" is being driven by increased competition between pastoralists over scarce resources, overstretched security forces and power struggles among politicians, it said.

Kenya's army was sent to restore order to the town of Moyale, 800km (500 miles) from the capital, Nairobi, in 2013 after dozens were killed and villages were burned to the ground in a jostle for power between rival clan militia.

The athletes will walk across the Rift Valley from the arid northern town of Lodwar to Lake Bogoria, famous for its pink flamingoes, starting on July 15.

They aim to raise $250,000 in sponsorship using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to support peace-building programmes for young people in the region.

Other athletes taking part include Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, Irine Jerotich, Andrew Lesuuda, Alex Kipchirchir, Stephen Kiprotich and Douglas Wakiihuri.

The walk is being supported by the Aegis Trust, a British charity that campaigns against genocide.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Deal with corruption or lose in 2...

A Jubilee Party MP says that the unending corruption claims against the government are killing President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election efforts for 2017. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave office if you can't handle ...

Leave office if you cannot handle corruption, an MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Give me the chance to unseat Uhur...

Give me the chance to send President Uhuru Kenyatta home, Kalonzo Musyoka tells Kenyans. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Explain your foreign trips since ...

Explain your foreign trips, Musalia Mudavadi tells President Uhuru Kenyatta. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
China to help Kenya fight high le...

China observed that if left unchecked, corruption could see the country degenerate into lawlessness. Read more...