Learning paralyzed as violence rocks Baringo South

Mukutani MCA Renson Parkei in a past meeting with Wananchi. He has condemned a Tuesday attack at Ramacha, Baringo South which left one man critically injured.

Mukutani MCA Renson Parkei in a past meeting with Wananchi. He has condemned a Tuesday attack at Ramacha, Baringo South which left one man critically injured.

Six primary schools and a secondary school have closed down following ethnic clashes in Baringo South Constituency stalling educational activities less than two months to the onset of national exams.

According to political leaders from the area, the violence has rocked three locations in Baringo South Constituency, forcing residents to flee to IDP camps tens of kilometers away from the affected areas.

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The leaders have condemned the latest incident of violence, allegedly carried out on Tuesday targeting IDPs who were resettling in Ramacha Arabal location, Baringo South.

Armed goons attacked our people who were resettling in Ramacha, shooting a young man in the leg and arm. We feel that this incident is directly related to a rally addressed by two politicians from Tiaty, and who we suspect incited the people at Mukutani,” said Mukutani MCA Rensoni Parkei.

In what the leaders interpret as an expansionist mission by politicians from neighboring Pokot community, the leaders now say residents of the area could lose the three locations to Tiaty if the violence is not stopped with immediate effect.

Schoolchildren line up to fetch water at the Eldume IDP camp in Baringo South subcounty

“We call upon the national, Baringo and Pokot County governments to work together to bring this violence to a speedy resolution because our Kenyans in that area are suffering. They have lost their livestock and their land, their children are not attending school and those schooling away from the area are dropping from school due to their parents’ inability to pay school fees,” said Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren.

The leaders called upon other political leaders in the region to respect administrative boundaries and embrace honesty of leadership, adding that the Tuesday attack happened even after Kamuren and Tiaty’s William Kamket agreed that the displaced people be resettled.

The affected locations are Rugus, mukutani and Arabal. Rugus, Noosukuro, Mukutani, Ombossos and Murat schools have all closed down, paralyzing learning.

“There is a cartel benefitting from the violence. Bandits do not just wake up and decide to attack people from another community. There is a system in place,” added parkei as he called on government to investigate the root cause of the unbridled raids.

Suspicion among the kalenjin and the Pokot is high due to a long history of cattle rustling between themselves.

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