Luo Nyanza MPs affiliated to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Wednesday issued demands to President William Ruto ahead of his visit to the region.
Speaking at Parliament Buildings on October 4, the MPs led by National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi demanded that the government address the ethnic-fueled attacks at Soundu along the Kisumu- Kericho border with immediate effect before the President embarks on his tour to the region.
''We want the regime that is in power, that is the Kenya Kwanza regime led by Hon. William Ruto to take this issue as a priority and move with speed and stop the killings that are ongoing,'' Wandayi told journalists on behalf of the MPs.
''If left unchecked, these killings have the potential to snowball into uncivil state that will eventually become unmanageable''
The MPs further noted that it is not the first time the killings have happened in the area and its environs since the last general elections.
Per the MPs, the attacks in Sondu were planned and staged by people with ulterior motives.
The MPs maintained that it is the national government's responsibility to protect all Kenyans regardless of their political affiliation.
''There is a danger that if these killings are not stopped, the victims are likely to feel that they have been abandoned by the state and therefore resort to measures to protect themselves,'' added the Minority Leader.
The Parliamentarians were reacting to clashes at Soundu along the Kisumu-Kericho border that occurred on the night of Tuesday, October 3. The clashes left 3 dead and scores injured. During the chaos herds of cattle were also stolen.
Instructively, this is not the first time that the area is experiencing skirmishes.
Repeated clashes have plagued the region, with ethnic tensions often suspected as the root cause.
The press conference by the Luo Nyanza MPs comes just before President Ruto's scheduled four-day visit to the region.
Ruto is set to commence his tour on October 6 in Kisumu County.
During his tour, the President will inaugurate the MV Uhuru 2 and oversee various other projects in Kisumu County before moving on to Siaya, Homa Bay, and Migori.
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