Kenya

Two injured after clans fight for land

In Summary

  • The skirmishes led to the destruction of water pipes and diversion of water used for irrigation by community members living downstream

  • At least five houses were torched before police and political leaders intervened

By PHILEMON SUTER

Two people were seriously injured and 20 houses burnt in clashes among four clans over the Easter weekend.

The skirmishes led to the destruction of water pipes and diversion of water used for irrigation by community members living downstream.

According to Marakwet West police boss Mathews Mang’ira, the violence started when a man from Samar clan who had constructed a house at the disputed land was shot with an arrow on Friday.

The victim is fighting for his life at Iten District hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Another man is admitted at Endo mission hospital.

“The sound of women screaming attracted angry villagers from Samar who started burning houses at Kapcheresim village. They flattened 15 settlements and evicted residents indiscriminately,” said the police boss.

The wave of lawlessness continued throughout Saturday when Kapcheresim villagers in retaliation, also started burning houses.

At least five houses were torched before police and political leaders intervened.

Water used for irrigation was diverted amid accusations of economic sabotage among clans living in the region.

Residents said the blocking of the resource would lead to death of their animals and the suffering of locals.

The clashes attracted the attention of local MP William Kisang, area Member of County Assembly Christopher Chemosong and the provincial administration authorities who visited the area and immediately convened a baraza to try restore peace.

The leaders condemned the skirmishes saying they will hamper efforts to develop the region.

They asked communities to live in peace.

PEACE TALKS

Meanwhile, not far from the two villages, one person was injured when the Kapsogom and Sibou clans clashed in land disputes that led to the destruction of houses.

Marakwet East DC Hussein Alaso Hussein said the victim was attacked after he was found constructing a hut at disputed area in Kiraara.

He was rushed to Endo-Mission where he is admitted.

The suspects left behind trail of destruction including disconnection of water pipes and furrows for irrigation.

“We have moved in and are trying to promptly stop the clashes,” said the administrator.