VIDEO: NCIC chair Ole Kaparo ‘chased away’ by MPs and locals


VIDEO: NCIC chair Ole Kaparo 'chased away' by MPs and locals

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chair Francis ole Kaparo’s attempts to address warring communities at Sohgor area along the troubled Kisumu-Nandi border were thwarted after locals ‘chased’ him away.

The locals, led by Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo and his Nyando counterpart Fred Outa, heckled Kaparo with his attempts to calm the situation and address the warring residents proving futile.

The area has in the past witnessed clashes between the Nandi and Luo communities over cattle theft with the latest being a Tuesday clash in Kopere that left two people dead and another one injured.

Tension arose after unknown people raided the home of Bishop Abuto Ogacho at Kopere Village in Muhoroni Sub County and drove off with 16 heads of cattle

Kaparo made attempts to calm the situation saying as a leader he had a responsibility to address the pressing issues that have caused clashes in the border town.

“Honourable MPs please allow me to send my message to the people because they are also mine. I came here because they are crying and I will do what has to be done to ensure that what is hurting them is resolved,” said Kaparo.

The MPs, however, rejected Kaparo’s appeal saying the government had done nothing to resolve the issue.

“We cannot have this meeting. This is the third time that my people have been removed from their homes, how do you want me to feel?” posed Outa.

The leaders claimed that the government had alienated them with much of the support being channeled to the Nandi community.

“The police vehicle has taken food across to feed the Kalenjin and not us. This cannot be allowed to happen,” said Koyoo.

Kaparo had to be driven away after the residents turned wild.

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