The government has imposed a dawn to dusk curfew in Ol-Pusimoru area Narok county following the intercommunity clashes that have began escalating towards Olenguruone-on the border of Narok and Nakuru counties.Making the announcement on Tuesday after assessing the situ
ation in the area, Rift Valley regional coordinator Mwongo Chimwanga added that the government was on top of the situation and that security will be beefed up in the area to ensure sanity is restored.
During the curfew, the RC added that individuals found carrying any weapon will be dealt with according to the law.
“Between 6pm and 6 am we don’t want to see anybody move to or from any direction. We will also not allow anyone to carry any kind of weapon. From there we will do general assessment of the situation before the next step” said Chimwanga.
The RC while admitting that the bone of contention between the two communities had been solved since all the animals stolen had been recovered, he warned those conveying wrong information through phone calls to other neighboring counties.
This even as angry youth from both communities torched several houses in the area in what can be termed as retaliation.
According to the regional administrator who was flanked by among others Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya, already one person has been arrested over the same and the security persons are still pursuing others over the same.
“The challenge we have faced is that both the two communities have made phone calls to their relatives in other neighboring counties and are coming in with a notion that their people are being attacked but that is not the case. We want to do patrols on the roads to know who is ferrying who and also meet the two communities to explain to them that those were just rumors so that they can restore peace” said Chimwanga.
Sentiments echoed by area political leader Wilson Ole Masikonte.
He called on the locals in Ol-Pusimoru to maintain peace as before and embrace each other as communities to enhance development in the area.
“My appeal is to the communities living in this area to embrace peace as that is the only way to develop. There is nothing they are fighting for apart from rumors” said Ole Masikonte.
Already the skirmishes that began two days ago has already affected businesses in the area and neighboring Olenguruone area on the border of Narok and Nakuru counties.
A spot check at Olenguruone centre shows shut businesses with locals saying they feel not at peace to operate.
They called on security personnel not to focus in town centers but rather move to the villages where houses were being torched by angry youths.
“We are not happy the way the government is handling this issue..Let the government protect her people..We cannot even do business here due to tension” the locals told reporters.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mwongo Chimwanga addressign media in Ol-Pusimoru,Narok County.