The government has deployed 400 police officers to the troubled Songhor West location on the Kisumu-Nandi border to restore peace, law and order. Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed Friday that so far three people have been killed in the clashes which have also left several injured and and property destroyed.
He said there will be increased police patrols to thwart another theft or violence attempt. Clashes broke out in the area after an attempted livestock raid on June 20, at the Kopere hill within the border of the two counties.
“Efforts are also underway to arrest the criminals, return stolen cattle to the owners and restore peace,” said Kiraithe, adding that most of the stolen property had already been recovered and returned.
“We condemn the violence and warn all those involved that this reckless and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law,” he warned.
He appealed to the communities which have been victims of stock theft to desist from taking the law unto their own hands and instead allow the police and other relevant authorities to handle the matter.