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Nine people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the renewed tribal clashes witnessed at the border of Narok and Nakuru counties.

Narok county commissioner George Natembeya said they suspect the lot is funded by organised influential people to cause chaos in Olpusimoru and Olonguruone.

He told journalists at his office that the nine were arrested while on their way to receive money from the financiers of the violence that has destabilised the said areas.

“What worries us more is why are people from other areas being funded to bring tension in this area,” he said.

Natembeya added that the suspects will help in the investigations leading to the arrest of their bosses.

He said they suspect the financier are keen on deterring the second phase of Maasai Mau evictions.

“We suspect that those who sold the forest land, where people are set to be evicted, are funding these young men to cause chaos,” he told journalists.

“These young people come only to fight and go back to their original homes.

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“Despite our efforts to hold peace rallies, nothing changes because it is not the people on the ground who are paid to fight,” he said.

The clashes that erupted at the weekend have left one person dead and 26 others nursing injuries. Over 50 houses have been burnt in the volatile area.

The skirmishes, which pit two communities living in the area, were triggered by the theft of eight cows.

On Tuesday, Rift Valley regional coordinator Mongo Chimwanga declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the clash-hit area.

He banned locals from carrying crude weapons.

“Remain indoors between 6pm and 6am. Anybody found outside will be arrested,” Mongo said.

The injured, most of who sustained arrow-shot wounds, are receiving treatment at Olenguruone sub-county hospital in Nakuru county and Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet.

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