, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 26 – Seven legislators from Turkana have raised concern over rampant insecurity in the area and now want the government to declare it a national disaster.
Led by County Woman Representative Joyce Emanikor, the lawmakers said President Uhuru Kenyatta should fulfil his promise to deal firmly with cases of cattle rustling.
“The government is clear on its directives in criminalising rustling and other unnecessary resource-based insecurity. What is happening now and being perpetuated by our neighbours is a big slap on the face of the new government and its policies,” he said.
Loima Member of the National Assembly Ewesit Akuja and his Turkana South counterpart James Lomenen said schools in the area might not re-open next week if rising insecurity is not contained urgently.
They have asked the government to increase the number of police reservists to boost security in these areas and to enforce the law against the offenders.
“I have no joy as a National Assembly Member, when my people lose their lives every day; I have lost 20 voters since March 4. How many should I expect to lose in the coming two or three months?” he wondered.
Turkana North lawmaker Christopher Doye Nakuleu further called on the government to ensure Kenya’s borders with Ethiopia and Sudan are also demarcated to tame cross-border attacks.
The leaders urged the government to accord insecurity in the area serious attention as is currently happening in Garissa.
They reported that eight workers with a non-governmental organisation were kidnapped on Wednesday.
The legislators claim that in the past one month, over 40 people have been killed in separate raids.