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Following the October 2014 massacre of police officers in Kapedo, a Senate committee in charge of Defense, National Security, and Foreign relations visited Kapedo on 3rd February 2015. The visit was part of a fact- finding initiative to discover the underlying causes of inter-ethnic conflict in the region. The initiative was also meant to ascertain which County Kapedo town belongs to.
The Committee’s visit was led by Hon. Yusuf Haji, and was accompanied by Turkana County officials including Senator John Munyes and Hon. Nicholus Ngikor, Baringo County officials including Governor Benjamin Cheboi, Hon. Asman Kamama, and Senator Gideon Moi. Both the Turkana and Baringo communities claim ownership over Kapedo town. Both groups presented documentation in support of their claims.
While the close-door meeting allowed for both groups to share their concerns surrounding the inter-ethnic conflict, none of the officials present offered credible solutions to the problem. Alternatively, both groups continued to claim rights to the land, issuing statements to that fact, and therefore perpetuating animosity between the two tribes.
Despite claims that animosity between both tribes is due to the access of Kapedo as grazing land for livestock, preliminary reports and explorations of Kapedo show that the area is rich with minerals. Further, there is a current geothermal power project in the region, which is in its final stages.
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