Kenya: Tensions and/or conflicts between the Kisii and Kipsigis tribes, currently and during the 1997 elections; instances of violent demonstrations during the 1997 elections leading to the burning of Kisii houses by the Kipsigis or other tribes; compensation for the Kisii; instances of confiscation of Kisii property and land in Kisii town by the government or other tribes before the 1997 elections; return of this property and land to the Kisii (1992-2002)
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||16 May 2002|
|Citation / Document Symbol||KEN38935.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Kenya: Tensions and/or conflicts between the Kisii and Kipsigis tribes, currently and during the 1997 elections; instances of violent demonstrations during the 1997 elections leading to the burning of Kisii houses by the Kipsigis or other tribes; compensation for the Kisii; instances of confiscation of Kisii property and land in Kisii town by the government or other tribes before the 1997 elections; return of this property and land to the Kisii (1992-2002), 16 May 2002, KEN38935.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be544.html [accessed 28 December 2014]|
While no mention of tensions or conflicts between the Kisii and Kispigis tribes could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate, the Kisii have been involved in disputes with members of other tribes.
Recent news articles have mentioned tensions between the Kisii and Maasai tribes (Africa News Service 13 Feb. 2002; BBC 22 Apr. 2001). For further information on the clashes between these tribes in 1997 please refer to KEN37431.E of 16 July 2001.
A 21 October 1997 Associated Press article reported that five people were killed and houses were burned in land skirmishes between the Kisii and Luo tribes in western Kenya. While land disputes had been occurring in the region for years, the approach of the general elections had "raised tensions" (ibid.).
No reports of demonstrations turning violent and leading to the burning of Kisii houses could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
Several news articles reported on violence against the Kisii by members of the Kalenjin tribe, of which the Kipsigis are a member (AI 10 June 1998), and which is associated with the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) party (Daily Telegraph 1 May 1992), during the early months of 1992 (ibid.; BBC 20 Mar. 1992; Xinhua 18 Mar. 1992). While no reports of property or land being confiscated from the Kisii in Kisii town were found, Xinhua reported that clashes between the Kisii and Kalenjin tribes, which had been occurring in western Kenya since November 1991, "intensified" in March 1992 in Kisii town, and left five people dead (ibid.). The opposition group Forum for the Restoration of Democracy stated that a "private and personal" army called the Kalenjin Liberation Front, which was loyal to the president, was responsible for the clashes that had displaced thousands of people belonging to the Kikuyu, Kisii and Luo tribes from their homes in Molo (Daily Telegraph 1 May 1992).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Africa News Service. 13 February 2002. "Kenya: PC to Tour Border Row District." (NEXIS)
Amnesty International (AI). 10 June 1998. (AFR 32/019/ 1998) "Kenya: Political Violence Spirals."
Associated Press (AP). 21 October 1997. "Five Killed in Inter-Tribal Clashes Over Land." (NEXIS)
BBC. 22 April 2001. "Kenya: More Houses Burnt as Maasai-Kisii Ethnic Clashes Continue in West." (NEXIS)
_____. 20 March 1992. "Kenya in Brief: Nine KANU MPs Accuse Kalenjin Leadership of Fuelling Violence." (NEXIS)
The Daily Telegraph [London]. 1 May 1992. Scott Peterson. "Moi's Tribe Goes on the Rampage: After Years of Peace, Ethnic Violence Has Flared in Kenya." (NEXIS)
The Xinhua News Agency. 18 March 1992. "700 People Arrested Over Tribal Clashes in Western Kenya." (NEXIS)
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential 1997-2002.
Africa Research Bulletin 1997-2002.
Africa South of the Sahara 2000.
US Department of State. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2001.
Internet sites including:
Human Rights Watch
Kenya Human Rights Commission
Minorities at Risk Project