Kitengela town is on fire after a new wave of inter-ethnic clashes erupts between local Maasai and ethnicities or business communities (‘outsiders’).
Police have been called in to quell the fighting which started over what sources claim are pent up animosities over business spaces -stalls – in the town which Maasai claim have been taken over by ‘outsiders’. There are claims that the some militia also known as Mungiki have returned in the area and are getting support from local security apparatus.
Maasai’s also accuse other communities especially those from Central of meddling in the county’s politics. The area has experienced influx of ‘voters’ from outside who now determine who gets elected in the area and who doesn’t, further exacerbating the conflict. Local people feel elected leaders in the area are pandering to the immigrant communities for fear of losing in the 2017 elections rather than resolving the problems bedevilling the area.
Kitengela is in Kajiado North represented in parliament by TNA MP Moses Ole Sakuda and was for long represented by the late Prof George Saitoti