Our Church members in Baringo region, the working area of Apostle Zachariah Kinyanjui are lacking basic amenities as a result of the cattle rustling menace in the region.Baringo is inhabited by several hostile nomadic communities who are involved in cattle rustling and banditry activities. This has affected more than4,500 members of the New Apostolic Church in this region.
The communities are holding in a firm tradition of cattle rustling as part of their major economic activity. And one community is used to invade another one during the night and steals large numbers of livestock from them. The attacks lead to loss of lives, destruction of property like burning of houses, and massive displacement of population. The victim community also arranges for revenge attacks that escalates the animosity between the warring communities.The communitiees are armed with guns and arrows which they use during the attacks.
This animosity has affected 47 congregations with about 4,500 members. The area is divided into three main subdistricts namely; Baringo North I and II, Baringo Central and Baringo East with 22, 17 and 8 congregations respectively. As of now the divine services are not held regularly due to the fear of similar attacks whereas other places have been deserted. Some are closed in times of wars. “Our two congregations; Kasiela and Sinoni in Baringo central have been closed and members displaced till now,” said Apostle. Zachariah Kinyanjui.
Many people including women and children have been reported missing and tracing them for reconnection with their loved ones has not bore any fruit. The children, women, elderly, sick and young people are most affected by the conflicts, in terms of displacement, trauma of loss, and human rights violations. The children have no access to education and suffer severe lack of food, faced with danger of malnutrition. More than 50 houses were burnt with unknown number of houses looted of all the belongins (furniture, clothes, utensils etc) after their owners fled.
Their health has deteriorated. Health facilities and all shops have been closed in the hot spots and it has forced people to travel for about 40 km in search of the social amenities. Most of the displaced households live in bushes where they are affected by rains, cold, mosquitoes and snake bites.
Many efforts have been put in pace to find lasting solution by various stakeholders inter clan community meetings spear headed by the government, peace caravans etc. The Apostle Kinyajui who is the leader in the area has also engaged the youth in many church youth activities who are exploited by the clan elders to be trained on such in humane missions.