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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,26TH SEPT 2018-The Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi says the government will go for those who have been inciting violence in Narok county .The CS says nobody will be spared regardless of their position in society.
The Cabinet secretary has also announced that his ministry has increased the number of security personnel in clash-torn areas of Mau region, Narok County, with instructions for those fanning the skirmishes to be arrested.
Matiang’i said on Wednesday that they were going after those inciting residents to torch houses and maim others.M
Dr Matiang’i said they had information that some individuals were mobilising youths armed with bows and arrows and transporting to the areas in vehicles and boda bodas.
He stated that only an organised group can take up weapons against another and cause the magnitude of violence being experienced in Narok.
Matiangi was speaking while opening a two-day capacity building session for assistant county commissioners from Eastern region at Kenya School of Government, Embu County campus.
The CS he noted that the skirmishes have cost the security team a lot of time and resources but that deployment of officers will continue until normalcy is restored.
“We have been awake all night, watching progress in Mau, and are still getting reports from the ground. The security team decided to step up deployment in the region. Instructions are for them to act decisively and firmly, without fear or favour,” he said.
“We want more arrests. This thing is being supported by some people. The law will chase them regardless of their status in society. You have seen that things are happening in the country. There isn’t anyone who cannot be arrested. You have seen even senior leaders – governors, MPs and MCAs – being arrested.”
He continued: “We are not foolish to be told that those people moving around in vehicles and boda bodas, with poisoned arrows, just woke up and decided to take them and move around. Killing innocent people and burning people’s houses is not a solution. You will not use humans as collateral.”
The minister said that next week, they will call a leaders’ meeting in the area, the aim being to restore peace.
Dr Matiang’i appealed to the administrators to firmly deal with cattle rustling and other cultural vices, and asked leaders to hold talks to ease the tension.
This comes just hours after Nine people from Kuresoi South Sub-county were arrested over the tribal clashes at Olpusimoru Ward in Narok North.