NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The Narc Kenya leadership supports the government crackdown following the Kapedo massacre of 21 policemen, but says the security operation must be done in a humane manner and in accordance with the law.,
Narc Kenya Secretary General Mwanyengela Ngali stated that the ongoing disarmament exercise should not be done selectively as there was proliferation of arms in other areas where insecurity is prevalent.
“Criminals should be brought to book without appearing to be collectively punishing the whole community. Disarmament should be extended to all areas where unauthorised arms are known to be harboured,” he said.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua urged the government to evaluate the security structures in place as they were insufficient.
“Even though they have shown serious inefficiency in the way they have handle security in the nearly two years they have been in power, it is now up to them to review their strategy and up their game…we are saying yes, let the government do what it can to bring peace but it should respect the law and the rights of Kenyans,” Karua stated.
The party further urged the government to settle boundary disputes among the neighbouring communities without shielding political players whom fingers are pointed at as the main aggressors in the conflict.
The leaders further proposed that the government empowers marginalised areas which were the most affected when it came to conflict since the communities living there constantly fight over scarce resources.
“We call upon the government to consider enhanced allocation to the equalisation fund in order to accelerate development in the affected areas and indeed in all the marginalized areas where these disturbing incidents are recurrent,” Ngali said.
In the 2014/2015 budget, 14 counties were set to benefit from Sh3 billion set as equalization fund with Turkana County getting the lion’s share (Sh271 million) of the fund.