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July 17, 2018

Peace panel to tackle strife in Kisumu, Nandi

MAKING PROGRESS: National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo at a press conference in Nairobi on January 16.
MAKING PROGRESS: National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo at a press conference in Nairobi on January 16.

Security stakeholders from Nandi and Kisumu counties have formed a joint peace monitoring committee to find a permanent solution to border conflict.

Members of the committee include security agencies, youth, religious leaders, women and elders.

The committee was launched in Nakuru town yesterday after a two-day workshop sponsored by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.

The workshop was a follow-up to the peace accord signed during a meeting in Muhoroni, Kisumu county, between January 13 and 15.

The meeting took stock of the progress in restoring peace.

NCIC chairman Francis ole Kaparo presided over the launch.

Twenty-two of the 29 attackers in recent cases have been arrested, he said.

“I laud security agencies in the counties for the progress they have made in containing cattle rustling,” Kaparo said.

“I challenge security agents to arrest anyone involved in cattle rustling.”

He said NCIC will assist in ensuring there is permanent peace.

County commissioners from both counties, Kang’ethe Thuku (Nandi) and John Elungata (Kisumu) said police patrols have been intensified.

Some 52 officers patrol the border 24 hours a day, they said.

A short code called Mulika Uhalifu 068 has been established to help residents report crime faster.

The government will set up a police post on the border.

More officers will also be deployed.

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