NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – Council of Governors on Sunday urged the government to address the deteriorating security situation in Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties, which has led to displacement of hundreds of residents, hampering relief food distribution to the region and other areas affected by famine.
Chairman Peter Munya called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to take urgent steps to mobilise security forces to end the lawlessness in all the other regions facing inter-ethnic, inter-clan or any other related violence.
Munya, who is also Meru Governor, condemned the continuing violence; loss of life and destruction of property in the counties and urged Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett to act swiftly and end the clashes.
This comes a day after the Kenya Red Cross suspended its operation in Baringo after its staff ferrying relief food were held hostage by residents.
Earlier in the week, Deputy President William Ruto’s peace rally in Baringo was disrupted after suspected raiders shot in the air, a local chief had earlier been shot dead as he led an operation to recover livestock from cattle rustlers.
The remarks by the governors come barely hours after State House had assured the country that normalcy was returning to the region.
State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu has said the National Police Service (NPS) is firmly in control of the conflict gripped area adding that no insecurity incidences were reported in the past two days in the county.
“The Inspector General of NPS has confirmed that there have been no incidents in the Baringo area for the last two days,” Esipisu said Sunday during his weekly news conference at the Kakamega State Lodge.
He attributed the calm in the volatile region to a recent visit by Deputy President William Ruto who launched a raft of measures geared towards enhancing law and order.
The head of the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) said the government was closely monitoring the situation to ensure peace and tranquillity prevails.
“It’s our take at this point that the security situation is being contained but security agents remain vigilant to real with any situation that may arise,” he said.
He further urged local leaders to work closely with security officers to ensure peace is maintained and humanitarian aid agencies are able to access the area to provide relief food to locals facing hunger.