Panic and uncertainty has hit the troubled Chesegon area, along the West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet border point after two children were killed by bandits in fresh attacks on Thursday and Friday where children have become an easy target in Kerio Valley region Tension remained high in the area as residents flee the area fearing for their lives following the fresh attacks.
Markets and learning institutions might also be closed due to the fear.
Banditry and cattle rustling activities have resurfaced in the area. Last month, leaders from the Pokot and Marakwet communities met at Chesegon for a peace rally and made resolutions in a bid to cement peace in the troubled Kerio Valley region.
It is a sad incident which threatens the four -year-old relative peace achieved along the West Pokot/ Elgeyo Marakwet border.
The attacks are fuelled by the insecurity along the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and Tiaty in Baringo but revenge missions spill over to West Pokot.
This has been going on despite the Chesegon Peace Accord signed in 2019.
Speaking to the press,leaders from the area have protested over selective and biased security handling among the warring communities the West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet border has continued to be a blood-letting zone where people are killed senselessly.
West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin who condemned the recent killings called on the Government to change its strategy to tackle insecurity in the region.
“Let the Government come up with many ways of tackling insecurity because bandits have become so daring. Let it use a lot of intelligence,” he said.
Sigor MP Peter Lochakapong said that no one has been arrested even after residents and local leaders from both communities gave out a list of those suspected to be perpetrating the vices in the region.
Mr Lochakapong cited that the Pokot community has been given a mistaken identity.
He said that armed NPRS on the Marakwet were misusing the guns given to them by the Government.
The legislator gave out a notice to the Government to recruit National police reservists[NPRs] from West Pokot