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Daily Nation : February 19th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 19, 2014 FETE | Scouts to mark Founder’s Day TURKANA Fresh bid to curb conflicts in pastoral areas BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Leaders and security teams from four regional countries are working on a strategy to curb armed conflicts among pastoralists over sharing of natural resources. The plan involves leaders from Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia and aims to end insecurity and promote trade among the pastoralists. Kibish sub-county Commissioner Eric Wanyonyi said the talks follow renewed tension among herders from the four countries triggered by disputes over water and pasture that has claimed over 30 lives in the last two months. The leaders agreed on “uniform” dis- armament and expansion of cross-border trade as an alternative source of income to livestock. The meeting, held at Kangtein in Ethio- pia on Monday, was attended by officials of the Inter-Government Authority on Development and peace agencies. Elders from the Karamoja (Uganda), Nyang’atom and Merrile (Ethiopia), Toposa (South Sudan) and Turkana (Kenya) also attended the meeting. The Kenyan delegation included Tur- kana Senator John Munyes and Deputy Governor Peter Ekai. Merille and Nyong’atom pastoralists from Ethiopia have invaded parts of Kenya’s Turkana North District in search of pasture and water for their livestock. County News 23 JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Scouts from Nyeri Good Shepherd Academy during a marching drill in preparation for the Scouts Founder’s Day on Saturday. Scouts and girl guides from all over the country and other parts of the world are expected to converge in Nyeri Town from tomorrow for the event. KIRINYAGA | Accident causes jam Six killed after matatu rolls and rams rock Boy survives the accident as villagers beat looters stealing from injured victims BY GEORGE MUNENE @Rubinga2 email@example.com in Kirinyaga yesterday. The accident occurred along S the Kutus-Makutano road when a matatu rolled several times and hit a huge rock at Kimbimbi area. It was heading towards Ngurubani town The rock ripped off its roof. Among those who escaped death was a little boy. It was not clear whether he was accompanied or not. Looting An employee of the county government who was returning home from work was among the victims. Survivors sustained head and leg injuries and were rushed to Kerugoya county hospital in critical condition. Bodies were strewn all over the area and the vehicle was reduced to a shell. Immediately after the accident, some youths started looting from the dead. ix people died and eight others were seriously injured in a road accident One of the looters was how- ever attacked by the villagers but managed to escape with slight injuries. Witnesses said they saw the vehicle swerving before it veered off the road and hit a rock which tossed it in the air. The vehicle then came tumbling down and rolled severally, killing the six victims instantly. “The accident was so bad that I almost wept,” one of the witnesses said. 5.30pm The time when witnesses saw the matatu crash Another witnesses said he was going home after working in his farm at around 5.30pm when he heard a loud bang. “I ran to the scene and on arrival I found bodies scattered on the roadside and others on the maize farm where they had been thrown due to the impact,” the witness, Mr John Ngure said. Some villagers fainted after looking at the bodies and villagers had to administer first aid. County police commander Christine Mutua said they are investigating the cause of the accident.
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