A family mourns their kin killed in fresh ethnic clashes along Kisumu- Kericho border. [Collins Oduor, Standard]

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has condemned the ongoing ethnic clashes in Sondu on the Kericho-Kisumu border.

The clashes which began on July 12, have so far resulted in the death of eight people with several others sustaining serious injuries.

In a statement on Thursday, October 5, NCIC called upon residents of the two counties to exercise tolerance and use the right channels to air their grievances.

Additionally, it urged leaders of the two counties and the Interior Ministry to step in and help resolve the conflicts.

“We are calling upon political leadership of both Kisumu and Kericho counties to appeal to their followers and cease hostilities. We also request the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, to enhance security to avert loss of more lives and destruction of property and return of calm,” said NCIC.

On Wednesday, three people were confirmed dead while scores are nursing machete and arrow wounds following fresh clashes between the two communities.

According to witnesses, the attackers invaded the East Kadiang'a Location in Upper Nyakach Division on Tuesday night and terrorised the residents before fleeing.

This, however, some say, could have been averted if an intelligence report they shared with the police earlier had been acted on.

NCIC is now calling on all leaders and administrators to work together with the residents so as to restore peace and normalcy in the area

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