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Tension in Sondu with THREE killed as several injured in fresh tribal clashes

Security heightened in Sondu after three died in a night attack following fresh tribal clashes along the Kisumu-Kericho border.

Three people are feared dead and several others are injured after fresh attacks at Sondu along the Kisumu-Kericho border. 

The Sondu market had been tense before the fight, with most of the victims shot with arrows. 

A house was also reportedly burnt down in the pre-dawn attack. 

According to Upper Nyakach Assistant County Commissioner Darwin, the incident happened early Wednesday. 

“The victims have been taken to Nyabondo Mission Hospital for treatment and we will give a clear update later,” Mr Orina said.

Meanwhile, Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o has called upon the national government to swiftly apprehend suspected criminals responsible for the Sondu conflicts that left three dead on Tuesday night.

Nyong’o said it’s unfortunate that even as President William Ruto is set to visit the lakeside city on Friday, some upstarts instigated ethnic clashes in Sondu along the Kisumu Kericho border.

He said it was reported that on Tuesday night alleged gangs armed with bows and arrows crossed over from the neighbouring county attacked residents on and around Sondu market, stealing castles and killing three people.

“We condemn this barbaric behaviour and the criminals must be apprehended and ensure justice is done to the affected families,” he said.

He noted that the security team from the county was at the scene on Wednesday morning to restore peace and security within the area.

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“Am grateful that we talked to the county commissioner this morning is at the scene already”.

He also stressed the need to have a permanent solution the the constant conflict at the border.

“Crossing the border killing and stealing people’s cattle can’t solve the border issues,” he said.

“I hope that we should find a lasting solution because it’s very unfortunate that on the eve of the president’s visits, someone initiated the clashes at the border”.

The incident comes barely two weeks after another attack in which one person died and 10 others were injured. 

The border clashes have been going on for a number of years, with some leaders on the Kisumu side now calling for military intervention. 

Led by Kisumu Woman Rep Ruth Odinga, they say there’s a need for military intervention in the volatile area to quell the rampant attacks “as the police seem incapable of solving the problem”. 

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