NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders along Kerio Valley to be at the forefront in spearheading peace among communities living in the region.
The Deputy President while speaking on Saturday in West Pokot County, challenged that leaders in the area were well placed to end insecurity problems occasioned by cattle rustling activities by preaching peace and harmonious relations among communities in the area.
“Insecurity is taking us back. Leaders should work together with our security agents to end these problems once and for all for the sake of peace and development,” he said.
“As leaders we should take the lead in the fight against cattle rustling among other outdated practices which undermine peace and development efforts.”
The Deputy President said security was a collective responsibility where all Kenyans must participate in order to get rid of criminals’ elements living amongst them.
“We should all know that security matters are collective responsibility that each and every one of us must participate if we are to get rid of criminals amongst us,” he emphasised.
“I wish to make a passionate appeal to all leaders in Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot among other areas in the country to put aside their differences and take a common stand on matters of security,” he said.
He said the national and county governments will work together in ensuring problems facing the people at the grassroots are solved.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said a major operation is currently underway in areas affected by cattle rustling after more than 50 people were killed in Nadome area in Turkana County.
He warned that any person found in possession of illegal firearms will be deemed to be preparing to commit a crime and will be dealt with firmly as per the law.
“I am appealing to the residents to cooperate with security agencies and share any information which will assist the police,” he stated. “I urge all leaders at all levels to preach peace and sensitise their people of the importance of resolving disputes of any nature through the established legal channels.”
Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has since accused the Government of laxity in handling the security situation in the county.
He said the situation may worsen if the Government fails to find a lasting solution for the County where killings by bandits have become a norm.