West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo has denied involvement in the West Pokot-Turkana Kapedo border conflict.
In a statement in the Senate yesterday, he said he played no role in the attacks that resulted in the killing of 24 police officers last Saturday.
Lonyangapuo said the conflict has no connection with the scramble for oil and mineral deposits on the common border.
“I am making this statement because there have been allegations by some leaders linking me to the said conflict. .. I would therefore like to set the record straight by refuting these allegations very strongly,” he said.
“I have been accused of perpetuating lawlessness in a camouflage for scramble for minerals and oil in Turkana County. This cannot be further from the truth. Indeed, the oil and minerals issue has nothing to do with the current conflict. The allegations are baseless and far from the truth. I also strongly condemn any act of banditry in the said counties or elsewhere,” he said.
Last week there were fresh attacks in the volatile region with politicians from the two counties blaming each other.
Lonyangapuo said the latest attacks were sparked off when a man from the Pokot community was beheaded at Kapedo shopping centre on August 30.
He said locals sought the help of the security to retrieve the head but they did not get help.
Lonyangapuo said he is committed to finding the root cause of the killings.
He called on the government to investigate the cause of the conflict.
Source: The Star