The latest conflict occurred along the Narok-Nakuru border in the Rift Valley region. Tension built up from Wednesday, when two herdsmen were killed during a cattle raid in the region.


In the ensuing revenge attacks, the tribal conflict between the Maasai and the Kipsigis flared up over the accusations of cattle-raiding.

Police said security was intensified in the area to prevent further attacks.

At least 50 houses were set on fire during the revenge attacks on Friday night and some eight people sustained serious injuries from arrows and other projectiles. One person was in critical condition.

Those displaced by the fighting were camped at the Township Primary School in Olenguruone in Nakuru County, according to the Red Cross.

James Ole Kiyiapi, a former top government official and Presidential candidate, said the government needed to intervene urgently to stop the communal clashes in Mau Narok (Olposimoru).
He said a solution to the Mau-forest issues was also required.

The communities living in Olenguruone and Kuresoi area of Nakuru County have long engaged in conflict over the Mau forest. The Maasai community, living downstream, accuses other communities of destroying the forest, leading to the drying of rivers and deaths of cattle. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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