It started yesterday with the killing of a Kalenjin athlete. He had traveled from Nairobi and alighted at the Mololine booking office here in Nakuru. Some people grabbed machetes from a nearby vehicle and hacked him to death.
This created much confusion and the police had a hard time controlling the area. I had been in town just before this took place. I sensed tension and decided to stay on the other side of town, and so escaped being caught up in any of the event. This killing was not done impulsively, it was planned well in advance and involved many people.
Today I went to town, to buy some supplies, and I could see the tear gas clouds floating around. I saw stones laying around on the road, which had just been used against vehicles in town.
It was a bit surreal. Nothing like this has happened in Nakuru town in the past three years that we have lived here. I turned around at the Woolmat on the west side of town and came back home. I am sure business will be going on by the afternoon, but in the meantime people are nervous.
Nervous people tend to make stupid decisions. I pray that we will all think with clear, calm, and cool heads.
I spoke with some friends who told me that there was a group of people in town just beating everyone. I suppose the police were firing tear gas at them. I speculate they were Kalenjin wanting to revenge the death of their tribesman. Details are sketchy at best, but the point is there was violence in the town center.
There has also been homes burnt, but I cannot confirm where yet. Much fighting in Njoro (about 20 minutes from here), Elburgon, and Molo. Hopefully things will calm down today.
There is no immediate solution. It will take time, perhaps years to heal the rift between these tribes.
Missionary in Nakuru, Kenya. Co-founder of A Future and a Hope, a home for girls.