Inter-ethnic Dialogue for Peace;
Elgeyo Marakwet County has constantly been bedevilled by perennial inter-ethnic clashes between the Pokot and Marakwet communities leading to massive loss of lives, livestock and destruction of property. The worst affected areas include Kerio Valley, Tot, and Kolowa.
In its bid to foster lasting peace and cohesion between the two communities, the Commission conducted a two-day meeting bringing together elders from the two communities, members of the county security team and county governments of Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo, Members of Parliament and Members of the County Assembly. The meeting was held on 3rd and 4th of November, 2016 at Bontana hotel in Nakuru County.
Some of the issues identified as fuelling conflict in the area included; laxity by security officials to apprehend criminals, possession of illegal firearms by communities, political incitement and contestations, and increasing incidences of cattle theft among others. After extensive deliberations, representatives from the two counties agreed to resolve the issues through endorsement and signing of a peace accord dubbed, ‘the Nakuru Peace Accord’
In attendance were, among others, Hon Francis Ole Kaparo, NCIC Chairperson, and Commissioners Hon. Morris Dzoro and Dr. Roba Sharamo. The county security teams from Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet counties and a number of elected leaders were also present.