At least 20 homesteads have been burnt and several families displaced in renewed skirmishes in Kenya’s Elgeyo Marakwet County.
According to local authorities, some armed bandits invaded the area Tuesday evening and targeted six clans in the sub-location, displacing more than 50 families. The raiders warned residents to relocate and not return to their farms.
Two years ago, 57 houses were torched and over 100 families displaced in a clash between rival clans. The 2020 arson attacks happened for two days in a row. No suspects were arrested, residents claim.
Maron assistant chief Robert Chelang’a said the attackers also burnt granaries destroying maize.
“The attackers also made away with 10 sheep and several household items including mattresses and blankets,” the chief said.
“They shot in the air for several minutes, to scare locals. The police are still pursuing the suspects.”
Leaders of the community are pointing accusing fingers at the government, for negligence and refusing to act promptly.
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