At least 3 killed, scores injured in Kenya ethnic clashes

Dozens of homes and sugar plantations were reportedly razed to the ground

At least 3 killed, scores injured in Kenya ethnic clashes

At least three people were killed and scores injured on Saturday in fresh fighting between two ethnic groups in four villages in western Kenya.

"People are frightened. They are running in different directions," Joseph Okwany, a resident of one of the villages, told Anadolu Agency by phone.

The fighting broke out in four villages of Nyakach constituency in Nyanza region on Lake Victoria.

Dozens of homes and sugar plantations were reportedly razed to the ground.

Repeated phone calls to current MP for Nyakach Joshua Aduma Owuor went unanswered.

But former MP Pollyins Onyango confirmed the clashes.

"As we speak now, three people have been killed," the former lawmaker told AA.

"Security personnel have just arrived in the area. The situation remains tense and unpredictable."

Onyango said the fighting was triggered by claims by communities in Nyakach that people from the neighboring Kericho area, in the Rift Valley region, had crossed into their villages to steal cattle.

Kericho is inhabited by the Kalenjin ethnic group while people in Nyakach belong to the Luo tribe.

Kericho Deputy County Commissioner Jamleck Mbuba said security officials are "doing everything possible to contain the situation."

He, however, declined to confirm the number of people killed, saying investigations were underway.

Nyakach constituency has a population of more than 138,000 and is located nearly 40kms south of Kisumu city on Lake Victoria.

AA

Last Mod: 09 Mart 2014, 00:04
Add Comment