By Ben Leshau
He was on TV confronting the no-nonsense Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya after fighting in Narok South killed scores of people.
Natembeya was touring the area for a peace meeting
following the killing of eight people in the bloody ethnic clashes.
Master Denis Lang’at 13 appeared in a video clip that went viral on social media platforms as he stood up against Mr Natembeya who had spotted him on television the previous day while armed with bows and arrows.
The boy, described by the administrator as one of the youngest
warriors behind the spate of violence, captured the country’s
“Huyu ni mtoto wa nani? (whose child is this?”). Nilimwona akiambia watu watoke kwa mkutano ya Deputy Commissioner (I saw him asking his tribesmen to boycott DC’s meeting telling then that it had nothing important),”said Mr Natembeya while pointing at the minor.
Without blinking an eye, the boy faced the administrator head-on and told him how the aggressors from the rival group had burnt down their home and slashed their maize farm.
The meeting went silent as the boy told Natembeya that he was forced to arm himself after the government failed to protect him and the family from the aggressors.
This week when County Press caught up with him at his village at Olooruasi in a bid to find out the reason behind his resentment, Lang’at revealed that he was bitter after their two huts were razed down and their maize crops destroyed.
“I had gone to look after livestock and when I I saw
huge smoke from our home from a hill. I rushed. When I arrived home, I found that the two houses had been reduced to ashes. I was disappointed because we had not hurt anyone, “he told County Press.
Asked where he got the courage to face Mr Natembeya whose voice sends shock down the spines of law breakers, he said he was angry because the government that was supposed to protect them had let them down.
The teenager who dropped out of school in lower primary school was living with his mother, a single parent and is now a face of peace in the volatile area after he was traced and counseled by local administrators.
His mother Rosaline Chepkorir, 36 regrets that she never knew that her son had joined other youth in the fighting that left
“I swear I never send him to fight and I was surprised to see him on TV at my neighbours house. I was shocked because he could have been harmed,” said Ms Chepkorir while fighting back tears.
She describes her first born son as a courageous and honest boy who acts was acting as a breadwinner to the family.
During a recent peace and reconciliation meeting, Lang’at was given a chance to address the congregation attended by National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairman Rev.
Lang’at’s life has since taken a new turn after he was promised to be taken back to school and their house rebuilt by the government.
“I am a changed person and now want to go back to school, be a better person and a source of inspiration to youth who are fighting over stolen livestock,” he said when he surrendered his weapons to local authorities.
Area Deputy County Commissioner Felix Kisalu who was impressed by the reformed boy promised to take him back to school.
“He is a brilliant boy with a bright future and we are looking for ways to take him back to school to ensure that he does not go back to fighting,” said Kisalu.