18 February 2013

Kenya: Hundreds Displaced in Kuria East Clashes

Photo: Judith Basutama
Recurrent conflict displaces thousands of families is northern Rift Valley (file photo).

Over 570 people have been displaced following clashes between two clans in Kuria East district following a cattle rustling incident that happened over the weekend.

Two people were left dead during the cattle rustling attacks between Abanyabasi and Abairege clans that occurred on Saturday evening.

Emmanuel Owako the Red Cross Regional Coordinator said displaced families have sought refuge at Tharagani and Girigiri chiefs' camps after over 40 homesteads were burned down in the incident.

"We have provided the displaced with household items and food." Said Owako "Three people were also injured and rushed to the hospital, the rest with minor injuries are being treated at the camps," Owako said.

Police in the district as well as the neighbouring Kuria West district are yet to arrest any suspect and recover stolen cattle after two people were hacked to death during the incident that occurred on Saturday evening.

Kuria East police boss Gladys Ogonda said however that calm has returned to the area following increased police patrol by regular, administration and anti-stock theft police officers.

" We are still following the trail of the suspects and the stolen cattle which was driven into Kuria West district, " Ogonda said.

Ogonda added that the attempt to get the cows has been hindered by poor infrastructure as officers are sometimes forced to leave behind their vehicles and track the rustlers on foot.

The clashes began last week week after a man was killed by armed members of the Abanyabasi clan claiming their cattle had been stolen by the Abairege. The man was killed at Magena village as the clashes spilled over into Trans - Mara.

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