Fresh clashes erupts in Kapedo, killings tens and displacing more than 2000 residents

More than 2,000 residents have been displaced from their homes in Kapedo, following fresh outbreak of clashes.

 

The more than 2000 residents, have fled their homes following attacks on the border of Baringo and Turkana counties.

The residents are in dire need of humanitarian aid and have asked the government to quickly intervene.

Violence broke out in Lomelo, Pulpusion and Kamuge villages between the Turkana and Pokot communities on Friday, unconfirmed reports indicate more than 20 people have reportedly been murdered, in the ongoing attacks among armed pastoral communities along Kerio Valley and Kapedo.

“Our people are scattered in various villages in Tiaty subcounty,” Lomelo chief Christopher Achuka told the Star on the phone yesterday.

Achuka has said the attackers drove away an unknown number of livestock towards Turkana South.

according to the area chief, Turkana raiders were trying to confront the Pokot herders to drive away their animals at Lomuge, border of Baringo and Turkana.

local leaders, have warned that the number could be even higher especially in Lomelo, Pulpusion and Kamuge villages which was hard hit by the clashes.

Government officials are yet to give official information on the number of people killed and displaced in the Kerio Valley and Kapedo attacks.

Baringo county police commander Peter Ndung’u said the tension on the ground is hampering movement of humanitarian agencies and reporters.

“We are still investigating,” he said as quoted by the star.

The police commander has attributed the reemergence of the fresh violence to the migrating pastoralists looking for water and pasture for their animals.

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