By Jackie Ruto
NAKURU, Kenya 8th January, 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on residents living in Njoro and its environs to shun external political incitement that is suspected to be causing conflicts within Nakuru County.
Governor Mbugua who was among other leaders yesterday including his deputy Joseph Ruto and Njoro MP Joseph Kiuna, said that petty politics from neighboring counties can contribute to a high level of division among the communities living in the area adding that this should be avoided at all costs.
Speaking in Ndefo and Chebitet areas, the leaders said that peace in Nakuru County was hard fought for and it should be jealously protected to avoid loss of live that has been witnessed in the past.
‘As leaders we swore to end and avoid tribal conflicts at all costs and when we hear some desperate people trying to lure our youth into divisive politics we really get disappointed. We have come from far and we do not wish to go back,’ said Mbugua.
The governor blamed some leaders for planning to disrupt peace that was brought by the unity of Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta adding that Nakuru residents have their own style of politics that do not need intervention from outside.
Mbugua was reacting to an incident where a man, Moses Njenga Macharia was allegedly shot and killed with arrows by unknown thugs at his home in Ndefo area early this week.
Residents of the area had barricade the Njoro- Mau Narok road to protest the killing and also the laxity of police officers of Ndefo police post and AP camp who did not provide the needed help during the attack.
The officers reportedly refused to transport the injured man to hospital even after residents offered to fuel the vehicle.
They said that they had lost faith in the officers and as such, the inspector general of police should transfer them to other stations.
Mbugua however called for calm and assured the residents of speedy investigations as well as stern action against the responsible officers.
‘We shall make sure the perpetrators are brought to book. Am also happy with the residents who did not take the law into their hands because we have matured both politically and socially. However I call on the youth from all communities residing in Njoro to work together especially now when elections period is nearing,’ he said.
At the same time, Mbugua together with his deputy called on the Maasais and Kipsigis communities who are sharing resources at the Logoman forest in Njoro to respect each other’s properties.
He promised that the recent incident where 12 cows belonging to a trader were stolen and later found to have been slaughtered in the forest will be solved amicably without violence.
‘I know it’s painful for someone to steal your property and especially livestock. But we should also consider the consequences of revenge. Residents should not gang up to go and try to retrieve livestock in such occurrences but should task the government through relevant authorities to do the same,’ he advised.
He noted that the two communities, having shared so much along their borders have the capacity to sit down and sort their issues maturely.
The Nakuru county security committee led by the county commissioner Joshua Nkanatha and the Narok county commissioner had organized a security Baraza in Chebitet following the early Monday incident.
County commissioner Nkanatha tasked chiefs and their assistants to work closely through the area Nyumba Kumi Initiative to help end livestock theft.