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Regional Commissioner Extends Curfew After Deaths Rise
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|Regional Commissioner Extends Curfew After Deaths Rise by Kenyans247(1): Sat 11, April, 2020 08:13am|
Rift Valley Commissioner George Natembeya has announced a new dusk-to-dawn curfew for Transmara, Narok South following renewed tribal clashes in the region.
Natembeya banned movement both by persons and vehicles within the given curfew time, except for accredited essential service providers.
"The world is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, but here you are fighting each other. The nationwide curfew is from 7 p.m to 5 a.m but as for you, your hens will find you in the house. You will only be out of your house between 4 p.m and 7 a.m if you are a police officer, or are the one torching houses, then you can face the law," Natembeya pronounced.
Natembeya further warned that any area chief whose locality would experience clashes would face serious legal action if s/he fails to maintain order in the area.
He advised the residents to take heed of the pandemic and ensure they stay safe, rather than needlessly engage in fighting.
The reported death is the second in the span of a week after a form three student was shot dead in the same area on April 4, 2020. The deceased was a student at Manyatta Secondary School in Migori County.
The clashes have left over 30 homesteads torched to the ground in a span of one week.
For over a week, police officers have camped in the region trying to restore calm and ensure peace between the Isiria and the Erwasingishu clans, that have been in conflict over the Nkararo-Enoretet border.
The April 4 incident left several villagers in the area nursing arrow wounds. Narok County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti stated that the fight had broken out after one clan accused the other of stealing their livestock.
“Fights in this area are always triggered by petty things, and bad blood between the clans,” Kimiti told Daily Nation.
The publication reported that the border issue in the region has existed for a long time. The two clans have reportedly been in conflict since 1976 which has since then caused the deaths of many people while scores left injured.
Government intervention in resolving the issue has failed, even after leaders from the two communities agreed for a boundary to be defined and beacons erected in a fair legal process.
"Even after we have developed a boundary, they are still fighting for no good reason, and we are now establishing community conflict resolution mechanisms to try and solve the problem," Narok County Deputy Commissioner Hassan Noor stated.
On December 16 2018, Natembeya had declared a 6 p.m to 6 a.m curfew in Transmara over similar clashes.
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