Anxiety has gripped families in Eldoret who have their kin in the troubled South Sudan. This follows the the war which broke out over the weekend. There have been reports in both local and international media that close to twenty Kenyans have been killed.
Families affected are mainly those of truck drivers who ply their trade in between Kenya and South Sudan. Eldoret is has a large population of South Sudanese who said they are fearing for their family members who were left at home.c
Eldoret town has been playing a vital role in growth of South Sudan as it acts as a trade corridor to the landlocked country. The refined oil that the country uses is mostly transported from the Kenya Pipeline depot at Eldoret.
Also concerned are cereals traders who have been enjoying a huge ready market in the now war torn country.
According to Nicholas Mbugua, the secretary general to Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers Union (KLDTDU), said they had received reports that Kenyan drivers could have been killed. He added that some Ugandan truck drivers are also feared dead.