NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – A section of Members of Parliament have condemned the attack on the Samburu East MP Raphael Letimalo by unknown thugs on Saturday night and called for quick action to apprehend those criminals.
Speaking after visiting the MP at Karen Hospital on Saturday, Samburu North legislature Alois Lentoimaga lamented on the increased insecurity cases in the country with most of criminals going unpunished.
“Every Member of Parliament is supposed to have a security guard and it’s unfortunate our colleague didn’t have one at the time of the incident. But we cannot have bodyguards for every Kenyan. It is not possible. We have to find a way of dealing with these thugs,” Lentoimaga said.
Earlier on Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said Letimalo was being driven into his compound at about 9 pm when three gunmen who had been waiting struck and robbed him Sh30,000, two mobile phones and other valuables.
On his part Narok West MP Patrick Ole Ntutu said the thugs had camped at the MPs gate for a while before the attack and called on members of the public to work with the police and report on suspected criminals.
He added that it was time for government to emphasis on the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative so as Kenyans can be able to easily share information on suspicious people in their neighbourhood.
The government last year came up with the Nyumba Kumi initiative which is a simple concept that requires one to know his or her neighbours and help restore security in the country.
“Anybody who seems suspicious at a particular place should be reported early to avoid innocent people being shot at and killed,” Ole Ntutu said adding that the three robbers are said to have attacked another person at a nearby place before moving to the MP’s gate.
“All in all we are very happy that our colleague is out of danger and that these fellows were only interested in money and other valuables,” he said.
The police are now looking for the gunmen who managed to escape on foot after the shooting.
The unfortunate incident comes even as the government continues to assure Kenyans of enough security despite numerous cases, the recent one being the church attack in Likoni.
“Thugs are not just targeting at the MPs. A crime is crime and the government need to do something,” Kajiado County Senator, Peter Mositet emphasised.