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PORT PLAN ESCALATES MERU, ISIOLO ROW

The building of a railway on land claimed by both Meru and Isiolo counties has escalated tensions between them.

Although the boundary dispute has been simmering for years, the stakes were raised after it was confirmed that part of the Lamu Port and South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor will pass through the area.

The forming of county governments last year heightened the row as each of the devolved unit laid a claim to the disputed area seen as key to their development.

REMOVED ROAD BLOCK

The animosity between the two groups took a new twist last Friday when Meru Governor Peter Munya removed a road block erected by the Isiolo government at Shika Adabu area, saying the region was in his county.

Mr Munya’s convoy was later on Saturday attacked as he returned from Isiolo and a driver was injured.

Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo also led irate youths in removing four roadblocks erected by the Meru government in the disputed area and replaced them with his government’s.

Last month, a security team from the two counties evicted hundreds of people living on the disputed land.

The people had taken advantage of the dispute to invade and demarcate the land.

Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga said: “We agreed with the two DCs from Meru and Isiolo, the security team and leaders from the two counties for the illegal occupants to be removed and status quo maintained until relevant government agencies and Ministry of Lands determine the boundary.”

Meru and Isiolo counties have disagreed over boundaries at an area measuring more than 500,000 square kilometres at the Nyambene Conservancy. Meru leaders insist the area belongs to them and it had only been leased to Isiolo during former President Daniel Moi’s regime.

DECONGEST MERU 
They said a number of development projects to decongest Meru town had been planned for the area.

In a meeting in Nanyuki last December, leaders from the two counties resolved to stop any development until the Interior and Lands ministries demarcate the boundaries.

Source: Daily Nation Monday, September 29, 2014

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

VILLAGES TENSE AFTER FOUR HERDERS SHOT DEAD IN FRESH RAIDS

Tension has gripped border villages in Turkana after raiders suspected to be from the region shot dead four herders and stole over 400 animals in separate incidents in Baringo and West Pokot counties.

According to local administrators, the fresh attacks caused herders and their families to flee the area on Tuesday night for fear of revenge attacks.

Residents who had settled in Kapedo Location in Turkana East Sub-County can no longer access Sukuta River while those in Kaputir Village cannot fetch water from Turkwel River.

Chief Josephat Lopalal said two boys were killed in the raid on Silale Village, occupied by Pokots from Baringo.

“Kapedo is a border village and expects a retaliatory attack after news spread that the raiders had come from Lomelo,” Mr Lopalal said. Area county assembly member Didymus Chegem said Kapedo is an easy target as it is surrounded by Pokot herders.

“We demand more police officers to protect innocent residents as well as the immediate arrest of the perpetrators,” said Mr Chegem.

He said residents of Kapedo had declared that anyone raiding a Pokot village would be arrested and disowned by the local people in a bid to end conflict in the region.

AVOIDED GRAZING

In Turkana South Sub-County, Kaputir Chief Charles Lopuya said after a raid near the Turkwel Hydro Power Plant that also left two people dead, Turkana herders yesterday morning avoided grazing fields used by their Pokot neighbours.

“Nakwomoru and Kaputir herders are avoiding grazing their livestock along the Turkwel River in groups as large herds can easily attract an ambush,” said Mr Lopuya.

Turkana County Commissioner Julius Mathenge urged leaders from the hot spot regions to encourage herders to surrender their guns and assured them of protection from the government.

Mr Mathenge said as long as residents were armed, there would never be peace in the region.

Source: Daily Nation Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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HERDERS INJURED IN LIVESTOCK RAID

Two herdsmen were injured in a raid in Namoruakwaan Village in Turkana East yesterday. Parkati assistant chief Gedion Ikaal said that 450 goats and sheep stolen were driven towards East Baringo sub-county. He said there were no police officers in the area and appealed for the deployment of reservists to protect the remaining animals. Tension remained high yesterday due to fears that the raiders may strike again. Katilia Ward representative Lawrence Lotomon called on the government to intervene for the animals to be recovered.

Source: Daily Nation Thursday July 17, 2014

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2014 in News Briefs

 

MANDERA APPEALS FOR ARMY HELP AS SIX KILLED IN INTER-CLAN FIGHTS

Mandera County government and residents have requested military deployment to quell deadly inter-clan attacks that have left at least six people dead, dozens wounded and hundreds displaced.

Governor Ali Roba said armed militia besieged Rhamu since Friday, attacked residents and disrupted businesses.

Reports indicate families are trapped in their houses with essential commodities running out following a flare-up between raiders linked to the Garre and Degodia communities.

Mandera County Commissioner Alex ole Nkoyo said on Sunday that militia took over Rhamu from 7am to 3pm. He warned the violence could escalate, citing systematic arming of clan militia.

“The attackers were well organised and co-ordinated in the way they executed the terror visited on residents. We suspect the Al Shabaab militia have been hired and given military uniforms and directed to attack the Garre community,” the county chief claimed.

“Worse still is the fact that rescue and humanitarian services by Red Cross and other well-wishers cannot access the area yet dozens of people have been wounded and need urgent help. We have transferred seven people from Rhamu to Mandera County Hospital for treatment, including a two-year-old child,” Roba said.

The situation has been made worse by insecurity because humanitarian services have been disrupted.

“Our Good Samaritans from KRC have been victims of the attack and cannot access the people in need.

“Rhamu has been holding 2,000 internally displaced people who were forced out of Wajir during inter-clan fighting. The violence has made life unbearable and we need immediate intervention of the military and humanitarian support in a secure and safe environment to work in.

“These attacks appeared well-planned with sophisticated weapons which they using to shoot at people indiscriminately. There has been support from Kenya Defence Forces and we want more presence there,” Roba said.

He noted the rapid deployment unit of the Kenya Police Service failed to respond to distress calls from residents.

“We feel security officers on the ground have been compromised and are not protecting lives and property.”
“The two communities and their leadership are not committed to the peace process. Communities are fully arming themselves for a full-fledged bloodletting, that has culminated into Rhamu town turning into a battlefield for the last three days” Nkoyo told The Standard.

Nkoyo claims the clashes between the two pastoralist communities were politically instigated. “This conflict has a lot of political undertones and it requires commitment from both serving and former political leaders from Mandera and Wajir to come out boldly and address their people on virtues of peace and co-existence of different communities.”

Nkoyo said one person was killed and seven others wounded in the latest fighting pitting the Garre and the Degodia communities, which started on Thursday morning.

The attack followed another on a public service vehicle heading from Takaba to Rhamu, four kilometres from the town in which one person was killed and five others injured. Security forces on Saturday used teargas a confrontation in Mandera town
Source: The Standard Tuesday, August 26th 2014

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

ISIOLO VOTERS MOVE TO RECALL MCAS

Isiolo voters have set a precedent in the country by moving to court to seek the recall for 10 Members of county assembly (MCAs).

The voters want five elected and five nominated MCAs to be kicked out for allegedly failing to represent them effectively.

The petitioners invoked Article 22 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and alleged that their rights of representation had been violated. They further cited Articles 73, 185, 194 (1) and 258.

The case was filed at High Court in Meru on September 1 and a date for an inter-parties hearing has been set for September 28.

The MCAs the voters want kicked out are Selasio Kiambi (Wabera, Narc-Kenya), Paul Mero (Burat, APK), Abdi Sora (Garba-Tula, URP), Ali Boru (Chari, URP) and Nura Bila (Sericho, URP).

The nominated MCAs targeted are Fatuma Said (APK), Daka Bonja (URP), Benjamin Lopetet (URP), Dahabo Wako (URP) and Gladys Atiku (Nark-Kenya).Jumale Gufu Gollo, one of the petitioners, alleges that his ward representative, Mr Kiambi, had failed to attend more than eight consecutive sessions of the assembly and wants the court to issue a Writ to the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission to declare his seat vacant and order for a by-election.

“Declaration that the first respondent’s (Kiambi) absence from more than eight consecutive sittings of the Isiolo County Assembly without written permission from the Speaker of the Assembly is a violation of Article 194 (1) of the Constitution,’’ reads part of the petition.

Speaker Mohammed Tubi, who is listed as the second respondent, confirmed he has received the court summons and would attend court.

Mr Mero, the Majority Chief Whip termed the move to recall him and his allies as political and blamed the speaker,Isiolo North MP Joseph Samal and Woman Representative Tiyyah Galgalo of being the architects of the petition.

But both Mr Samal and Ms Galgalo dismissed the allegations.
Source: The Standard Friday, September 5th 2014

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

NAROK, KAJIADO TO GET CLEAN WATER

FOUR counties are set to benefit from water projects, innovations and commercial projects undertaken by the Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority.

The projects, worth billions of shillings, will be carried out in Narok, Kajiado, Nakuru and Nyandarua. The authority’s managing director Charles Sunkuli said they have completed the Sh15 million Ewaso Ngiro water supply, which will be launched soon.

Speaking to the press at the headquarters in Narok town yesterday, Sunkuli said more than 5,000 people will get clean water. He said the project will reduce water borne diseases.

“We will be providing 1,700 litres of water each day to the local community and wildlife. We will build a trough away from the villages where water will be pumped daily for wild animals,” Sunkuli said.

He said they have done designs for Lower Ewaso Multi-Purpose Dam and are seeking for funds $1 billion (Sh86.2 billion) for its construction.

Source: The Star Thursday, February 20, 2014

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

MIDWIFE IN MANYATTA: ‘CLINIC’ THAT BRINGS LIFE TO TURKANA

One could easily confuse Jacinta Atiir’s compound for an antenatal and postnatal clinic due to the expectant mothers waiting for their turn to see the famous ‘doctor’ every morning.

Atiir is an untrained traditional birth attendant who carries out her trade at Chokchok village, Turkana Central which is 30 kilometres from Lodwar town.

Dressed in traditional regalia, Atiir has her hands full every day, handlinf an endless stream of expectant mothers and those with young infants who require her to play the role of both midwife and doctor.

Though she has never been trained in midwifery or safe motherhood, Atiir has been doing this work for the past six years and a visit to her ‘clinic’ proves to be a real eye opener.

“On average monthly, I attend to 15 expectant mothers who come from six different villages of the vast Turkana Central constituency. I do not charge and it is up to the women to determine whatever token they want to give me,” she said.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Atiir says beyond just offering midwifery services she also provides prenatal and antenatal care to the women especially new mothers who do not know what to expect.

She says pregnant women prefer coming to her manyatta since she gives special attention to each one and ensures that they deliver safely and for free.

Atiir says many children in the village, aged six-years and below were born in her manyatta and seeing them grow healthy and strong fills her with much joy.

“When I first started, I did not have so many women seeking my help but over time, the numbers increased and while I do not have the exact numbers, I believe I have helped midwife not less than 4,000 children in my period of service to the community,” she said.

During delivery, Atiir says she uses traditional sheep oil to massage the pregnant woman’s belly, as the woman lies flat on a mat, then she uses a sharp knife to cut the umbilical cord when the baby has been born.

When The Standard visited Atiir’s ‘clinic’, we found 25-year-old Paulina Ngipeyok, a mother of three, who was among the many pregnant women waiting to see the traditional birth attendant for antenatal care.

Ngipeyok, who was visibly in pain, said she had walked seven kilometres from her home in Nangomo village just to get the help she needs from Atiir.

She says there is a hospital in Lodwar but it is too far and by the time labour pains set in there is no time to walk several kilometres to the Level Five hospital.

“This is the fourth delivery I will be doing in this compound. I feel comfortable here, she handles us in a motherly way and I would still come here again,” Ngipeyok says before she is taken into the manyatta where she is examined by the traditional birth attendant who massages her stomach.

After three hours, Ngipeyok gives birth to a a bouncing baby who she calls Nasepon.

Akuj Angelei, who has brought her infant for treatment says Atiir has become their saviour in maternity issues and they run to her every time they either have an issue with their pregnancy, are about to deliver or have a problem with their infants.

“We rely on Attir to help us and she finds a way to solve our problems. We hear there are very important vaccinations like diphtheria, polio and tetanus that are usually administered in the hospitals, but she solves our problems here,” Angelei said.

RISKY AFFAIR

Though committed to her work, Atiir poses a danger to the same community she serves given that she uses un-sterilised tools to serve the mothers thus exposing them to various infections.

“I always use the same razor for the different women,” she says, oblivious to the dangers of transmitting diseases to those she has dedicated her life to help.

Speaking to The Standard, Health County Executive Jane Ajele, said she is aware of the problem faced by the expectant mothers of Chokchok.

“It is unfortunate that the people of Chokchok have been without a dispensary since independence. The county government is however, working to address this issue and will soon put up a modern facility in the area to serve residents of the six highly affected villages,” she said.

Governor Josphat Nanok has said that his government has given the health sector the lion’s share of this year’s financial budget.

He said Sh2.1 bilion has been set aside to improve operations and infrastructure in the sector in order to curb the county’s increased mortality rates.

“We want to make sure that such cases are reduced or eliminated in our county. We are working on a robust health programme that will ensure that every Turkana resident has easy access to professional health services,” the governor said.

Source: The Standard Tuesday, September 16th 2014

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

 

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