Baringo professionals protest over cattle rustling menace

May 13, 2015 3:26 pm
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The protesters who were led by local KNUT Executive Secretary Charles Kamuren says officials charged with restoring security in the region have failed to tame cattle rustling, leading to killings of hundreds of people/CFM
The protesters who were led by local KNUT Executive Secretary Charles Kamuren says officials charged with restoring security in the region have failed to tame cattle rustling, leading to killings of hundreds of people/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13- A group of professionals from Baringo County are now demanding the removal of top security officials in the region, accusing them of failing to tame insecurity.

The protesters who were led by local KNUT Executive Secretary Charles Kamuren says officials charged with restoring security in the region have failed to tame cattle rustling, leading to killings of hundreds of people.

“Other than our people being killed, we have lost over Sh1 billion in livestock in the constituency, this is business,” Kamuren claimed.

“The situation down there is chaotic…we need help.”

The latest attacks occurred two weeks ago when more than 60 people, including women and children were massacred in cold blood.

Thousand of livestock have also been stolen and property of unknown value destroyed in the ongoing menace that also has a negative impact on the economic status of the region.

The angry protestors also accused Senator Gideon Moi of failing to push the National Government to end the cattle rustling menace, which continues to claim innocent lives in the region.

They were chanting anti -Moi slogans, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.

“Where is our senator, is he asleep?” they could be heard asking.

They argued that the Senator has failed to challenge his counterparts in the senate or the National Assembly to initiate any legal measure to curb the menace, “that has become a business. We know people are making money out of this; it is not about the traditional cattle rustling anymore.”

The protestors marched along the streets of Nairobi with the hope of handing a petition to the Inspector General of Police whom they accused of issuing empty threats instead of acting.

“We better be killed here rather than in the bush,” they would be heard engaging the police officers manning the IG’s office.

They carried placards displaying their agony in the hands of merciless bandits whom they said, “only think about cattle’s. They don’t value life.”

“Is Kamama the chairman of security or insecurity?” the placards read. “Where is Senator Gideon Moi?”

Kenya National Union of Teachers Chairman in the County Reverend Joshua Cheptarus who accompanied them said 27 schools have since been closed affecting over 7,000 students who have been displaced from their residences.

“We would like to see those bandits arrested…including the leaders who have been implicated,” he said. “The security response is wanting; they are doing absolutely nothing.”

He said over a period of two years, 188 people have been killed by bandits among them 9 students and 5 teachers.

“Up to this far, we don’t feel like Kenyans…it is raining, what will be the fate of our children?” he posed.

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