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Kenyan authorities condemn cross-border cattle rustling

The South Sudanese/Kenya border at Nadapal (Elsa Buchanan for IBTimes UK)

The Rift Valley Regional Commissioner has condemned Turkana herdsmen over the recent cattle rustling incident along South Sudan-Kenyan border.

That’s according to a report by the Kenyan News Agency – KNA.

Earlier this week, Kapoeta Information Minister said at least 26 people were killed when raiders from the neighboring Turkana County of Kenya attacked a cattle last week.

He said the rustlers managed to drive away about 700 heads of cattle.

Reacting to the incident, the regional commissioner, Mwongo Chimwanga, confirmed the incident, blaming members of the Turkana community for trespassing the Toposa cattle keepers.

“Political leaders especially from Turkana county need to team up with provincial administration officials so as to sit down and negotiate the best approach to achieve lasting peace along the common border,” said Mr Chimwanga.

He said the incident is regrettable and should not be allowed to happen again.

This, Mr. Chimwanga said, brought enmity between pastoral communities from both countries living along the border.

However, he assured that his officers on the ground were working around the clock with leadership of Kapoeta to resolve the matter.