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Tension in West Pokot as residents flee their homes due to increased cattle rustling

4th February, 2018

Tension is high along the west Pokot - Elgeyo Marakwet border as residents flee their homes due to escalation incidents of cattle rustling. Over the weekend two hundred houses were torched at Kamelei and Kapsen villages forcing over two thousand residents to flee to safe places. The incident also left four people seriously injured where one teacher was shot in the leg and is now recuperating at Kapenguria county referral hospital. Speaking at the Kamelei village, area assistant chief Benjamin Kelan said last week youths from the region raided Marakwet and drove away forty-eight cows. Kelan said the animals were not recovered and this angered the neighboring community which planed a retaliatory attack where they torched houses without taking any animal.