Nakuru deputy speaker Samuel Tonui arrested in connection with the tribal clashes in Nessuit, Njoro sub-county left four dead.
Tonui was arrested alongside a CDF official, an MCA aspirant in the last election, a head teacher of a local primary school, and two assistant chiefs.
According to Deputy county commissioner Wambua Muthama, the suspects would spend the weekend at Njoro police station awaiting arraignment in court on Monday.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew was also announced by Rift Valley regional coordinator Mwongo Chimwanga in clash-hit areas.
Fights between two communities living in the area led to twelve people being admitted to hospital with arrow-shot injuries at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, MPs and MCAs who visited Nessuit asked schools to reopen on Monday and assured residents of adequate security to ensure learning resumes.Â
Among institutions in the county which were affected by the clashes include Nessuit, Ndoswa, Kapkaran, and Muserekwa primary schools.
Learning was also disrupted in secondary schools namely Ogiek, Musee, Masibei, Tiritan, Tiritagoi, Lukikwei, Excel and Amani.
“There will be a crackdown on those who are said to be causing violence,” Rift Valley regional coordinator stated.
Governor Kinyanjui asked the two communities involved in the conflict to nominate five representatives from both sides who will lead the peace negotiations.
He maintained that the government will not allow the loss of lives and property and asked residents to work with security officers to help arrest the perpetrators.