Three governors have united in calling for peace along the borders of Kericho, Kisumu and Nandi counties. Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Stephen Sang (Nandi) on Saturday took the move to defuse rising tension among the communities living at volatile borders of the three counties.
They toured Kipsitet, Muhoroni and Kubere and appealed for peaceful co-existence irrespective of political affiliations, saying elections are an event that comes and goes. Their mission came hot on the heels of rising tension as a result of the repeat presidential elections where some youth barricaded major roads, destroyed property paralysing businesses and transport services.
A theft of livestock may also have ignited the tension along the borders. “From now henceforth, residents of Kisumu you are free to come to Kericho and do businesses as usual so to those from Kericho to Kisumu county.
We are assuring you as leaders that peace has returned now and forever,” said Chepkwony at Kipsitet trading centre in Kericho county. “Luos and Kalenjins have coexisted peaceful along the common borders for long so do not shed blood over dirty politics.
Elections come and go,” Sang added. Nyong’o said youths from both sides have been sensitised on the need to maintain peace and expressed optimism that normalcy is resuming as soon as possible.
He asked security agents to patrol the affected areas and arrest those bent on causing chaos. Youths from both communities traded accusations on who blocked the roads and destruction of some of the property on both sides.