The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: AP Posts Established on Sotik, Borabu Border

TWO more administration police posts have been established along the cattle rustling prone boundary of Borabu and Sotik districts. The posts were established and officers sent there after a meeting chaired by Eastern Nyanza regional commissioner Lydiah Muriuki and North Mugirango MP Wilfred Ombui. Muriuki said the posts at the cattle rustling prone areas of Ensinyo and Ensoko will be operational from tomorrow.

She announced that a meeting to deliberate on how to find a lasting solution to the rustling menace will be held at Nderema on May 14. "Another joint meeting will be held at a later date with leaders and administrators from Sotik district," she said.

Meanwhile some Borabu leaders have threatened to boycott all peace meetings along the clash prone Borabu, Sotik border. They want the entire security teams in Borabu and Sotik districts overhauled for failing to deal with cattle rustling. Nairobi businessman Patrick Osero dismissed the meetings which are normally held after an upsurge of rustling incidents as cosmetic. "We have been attending the same meetings since 1992 but we have failed to find a lasting solution," Osero said.

Kisii Leaders' Consultative Forum chairman Joash Nyamoko petitioned the government to find a lasting solution to the rustling menace. "As we are speaking tension is high after six youth were shot with arrows and the government has done nothing tangible to prevent a flare up of violence," Nyamoko said.

They also condemned an incident where Isoge Kineni assistant chief Euphan Rosana was ejected from a meeting along the border. Sotik DC Opuka Odino and local OCPD Henry Kiambi denied they ejected the chief from the meeting. Kiambi said he only escorted the chief from the meeting after youth threatened to beat her for allegedly taking pictures of speakers. Kiambi said police officers escorted her to the Borabu side of the border after being heckled.

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