The government has deployed at least 400 police officers to volatile borders in Narok and Kisii in a bid to quell tension between warring communities ahead of the General Election.
At the weekend, 100 officers were deployed to Magena on the Maasai-Kuria border, following the killing of three men last Thursday and fears that the clashes could escalate as the elections loom.
Trans Mara West Deputy County Commissioner Mericho Maina said the officers drawn from the General Service Unit, Anti-Stock Theft Unit, Administration Police and regular police have reinforced security in the region that normally experiences violence ahead of elections.
“We are determined to see peace restored in our borders and the government is not leaving anything to chance,” he said.
This comes following another recent dispatch of 200 officers to Olmelil at the Kisii-Kipsigis border, where at least two people were killed and scores injured in clashes. Last week, leaders from Narok and Kisii held a peace meeting that was attended by security officials in the region and agreed to preach peace.
POLICE PATROL BASE
At Pimbinyiet, the government has set up a police patrol base and posted more officers to ensure security around the clock. “We have built eight police houses and we will soon send a number of officers who will be permanently based there,” said Mr Maina.
He said this is in addition to officers who have been patrolling the area on normal duty.
And at Esoit on the Kipsigis-Maasai border where two people were killed last week and more than 10 houses torched, security officers have been conducting patrols day and night.
Local administrators led by Mr Maina and his Trans Mara East Deputy County Commissioner Gathungu Machira have been holding a series of peace meetings with locals.
“We have been engaging residents in peace talks and we are glad that the locals are slowly resuming their daily activities,” he said.
And at Mapashi on the Kisii-Maasai border, where over 20 acres of mature sugarcane were torched by unknown people, a series of peace meetings have also been conducted to bring the two communities together.