A KCSE student was among those injured when clashes arose at the Kericho-Kisii border that led to the death of one person. Thomas Singombe was headed to school to sit for his Monday examinations when he was shot in his ‘behind’ by an arrow resulting to multiple injuries.
The victim was headed to his school, Inkoro SDA Secondary School with classmates when they got themselves in the middle of a confrontation between Kipsigis youth who were pursuing cattle rustlers along the said border. Thomas narrated from his hospital bed:
“We were attacked by a large group of Kipsigis youths. They outnumbered us forcing us to turn back but a hail of arrows followed. Many people were injured”
Those injured, among which were students and members of the local community were taken to Gucha Hospital where some were treated and discharged.
The Nyaribari Masaba legislator Elijah Moindi visited the victims in hospital and pleaded with the Kisii County director of education to allow the likes of Thomas Singombe and colleagues to be allowed to do his exams from hospital. He said while addressing journalists outside the hospital:
“I am calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto to immediately convene a peace meeting in the volatile area… Our people have suffered greatly since the skirmishes erupted early this year”
Ezekiel Oira, a constituency aspirant who also lost some of his stock lamented that the youth attackers are now turning into a threat to peaceful coexistence between communities living on both sides of the border.
Leaders including area governors James Ongwae (Kisii) and Samuel Tunai (Narok) confirmed that they were convening a peace meeting to end the tensions in the area.