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Water shortages lead to tribal battle in Kenya: The Church of England Newspaper, October 6, 2012 p 6. October 10, 2012

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Tribal clashes over the shortage of water in Eastern Kenya’s Coast Province have left 111 people dead, church leaders report. On 11 Sept 2012 the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) denounced the government’s failure to intervene in clashes between Pokomo farmers and Orma nomads in the Tana River District.

On 10 Sept, 38 people, including nine policemen were killed in a revenge attack following weeks of fighting between farmers and cattle herders. “It is not enough for government to issue hard hitting statements after the damage is done,” Canon Peter Karanja of the NCCK and EAK General Secretary Dr Willy Mutiso said.

“It is indeed incomprehensible to us that more than a hundred Kenyans have been killed in Tana River County over the last three weeks yet the government seems either incapable of or un-committed to restoring sanity,” they said.

The church leaders urged the government to address the root cause of the conflict and establish secure property rights and grazing rights under law.  Eastern Kenya has been afflicted by drought in recent years and the access to water for farmers and pastoralists has led to violence. “As the custodian of security and safety of Kenyans, we call upon the government to ensure that it provided humanitarian relief to all the affected community members regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, and deploy adequate and well equipped security agents on the ground to protect all the community members without discrimination,” the church leaders said.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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