Its sad that at this time when majority of politicians are strategically aligning themselves so that they can win the forthcoming elections there are some citizens who are struggling just to make it to see another day.
Mt. Elgon area has been disastrous for too long and Government should come up with a lasting solution. What worries most is that it seems like its an organized army that is doing all this. If this issue is not addressed soon, the situation might get out of hand and spread to other areas of the country. I believe the government can afford to put more security measures in terms of personnel in this area, they need more than just the regular police force, We have an Army that is rarely used and this is the kind of the job they should be assigned to. If the Militia's are the ones fighting regular unarmed citizens, it would only be wise to put military that is better trained to handle the situation.
If its true that the militia are kidnapping young boys and women, don't you think this should be the first thing the government should be "hot" on? Mt. Elgon might sound far for most people and probably thats why they have not been given all the attention, let it be clear that those people there are Kenyan's too, they are human beings and need security from the government. If they let this to continue we might be looking at another Rwanda or Zaire, I agree with Bishop Mwana Nzeki that Internal Security Minister needs to be fired. If the clashes have been going on for more than five months what has he been doing? check out this clip from Red cross dated february 21st 2007
The Mt. Elgon crisis continues to claim more lives. The current death toll is 89, of which 59 died directly from the clashes and another 30 from health and other complications arising from the conflict. In addition, over 104 people are currently nursing wounds sustained since the onset of the crisis. Over 1,122 houses have been razed to the ground leaving 32,361 people displaced. The spill over effect has seen the affected people running to the neighbouring districts of Bungoma and partly Busia. As the crisis is still ongoing more people continue to be displaced, while others continue to lose their lives and property. (click here to read rest of the story from relief web)