The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on Wednesday announced that it was launching investigations into remarks by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot.
Speaking on a visit to the border town of Sondu, Aaron Cheruiyot had stated that the town belonged to Kericho County. These utterances then sparked unease from the Kisumu traders and the Kisumu County government.
Sondu Town dispute
In his speech on June 13th, Cheruiyot had given the Kisumu and Kericho counties 14 days to solve the Sondu town dispute.
“From all maps available and all surveys done, up to 90 % of Sondu Town is in Kericho County,” Cheruiyot had said.
He accused revenue collectors from Kisumu county of overstepping their border and collecting revenue from the Kericho side of Sondu Town.
The NCIC Commissioner, Eng. Philip Okundi termed Cheruiyot’s remarks as unfortunate after years of building peaceful co-existence in the different communities in the area.
“Sondu Town has been all along known to be a border market between Kericho and Kisumu counties and traders from both counties have lived here for years,” Okundi said, “It is therefore, unfortunate for an elected leader to take it upon himself to make such inciteful remarks.”
Okundi was speaking at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu after the NCIC had recorded a statement over the incitement. He also said they would review footage of Cheruiyot’s speech before taking action against the legislator.
County governments to be involved
Additionally, he also said that the NCIC would reach out to Kisumu County Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and his Kericho counterpart, Paul Chepkwony, to look into the matter and iron out any breach of peace in the area.
“We believe that this matter is not above the capacity of the two governors,” Okundi said, “They have got what it takes to go into talks and resolve any issues along the border.”
Kisumu MCAs, led by South East MCA, Johnson Guya, said the position Aaron Cheruiyot took was against the peace agreement between Kisumu and Kericho county governors.