, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 25 – Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o is proposing for the establishment of Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) along the troubled border of Kisumu and Nandi.
Violence in the area has claimed at least three lives and left hundreds displaced after cases of cattle rustling.
According to the Senator, the current situation which keeps on reoccurring could have been curbed if ASTU was present.
“Cultural practices should not be used to extend violence to neighbours… it is completely wrong,” he asserted while distributing food stuff to hundreds of displaced families camping in Achego area.
He said the national government must hasten the process of establishing the unit while emphasizing on the need for security to be devolved at the county level for a proper management of such emerging issues.
The Government has since deployed 400 police officers along Kisumu-Nandi border.
National Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe on Friday said that already several suspects have been arrested over the violence that erupted after an alleged incident of cattle rustling.
“Efforts are underway to capture the criminals, return stolen cattle to their rightful owners and restore peace,” he stated.
“Indeed most of the stolen property has been recovered and returned. As Government, we condemn the violence that has taken place and warn all involved, especially the youth who have taken part in these incidents.”
Kiraithe has urged the troubled area grassroots leaders, specifically the Members of County Assemblies, to lead peace efforts between the Luo and Nandi communities living along the border.
“We urge the local leadership on both regions to come together and find a permanent solution to this historic problem,” he appealed.
“Local leaders need to be sensitive of any cause of conflict within their divisions. In particular MCA’s who are the grass root elected leaders, have a key role in the social stability and economic development of the people who have elected them regardless of the county of origin and ethnicity.”
He said all measures must be put in place, to ensure law and order prevails ahead of next year’s General elections while warning youths in the area against engaging in violence.