MPs in war of words over ethnic clashes in Narok

Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta
Some MPs from the Rift Valley yesterday engaged in a bitter blame game over who was responsible for ongoing clashes.

Three lawmakers claimed the killings on the border between Narok and Nakuru counties were politically instigated and demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators.

The MPs - Hillary Koskei (Kipkelion West), Nelson Koech (Belgut) and Kipseng’eret Koros (Soin/Sigowet) claimed the clashes were being fanned by their colleagues from Narok.

But Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta fired back, saying the three MPs should be investigated.

He said they should be questioned about their interest in the matter and accused them of inciting people living in Mau Forest against leaving.

“It is actually those three MPs from Rift Valley that should be investigated. They do not come from Narok, so what is their interest in the Mau?” said Mr Kenta.

He said the decision to move people out of the forest was discussed in Parliament and that the Government was merely implementing the House’s decision.

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But Mr Koskei insisted that the Narok MPs were to blame for the clashes.

“These clashes are political, instigated by known political leaders who should face the law. I do not know why the Government is taking so long to take action,” he said.

On Saturday, fears that the clashes would flare up again were rife after unknown people attacked Olposimoru in Narok North.

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