NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – The NGOs Council of Kenya has lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta move of deploying the Kenya Defence Forces to beef up security in parts of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Laikipia counties.
The council’s National Chairman Stephen Cheboi says they hope the deployment of KDF to work with other security agencies, will help ensure there is Peace in the region which has experienced insecurity for a long time.
“We applaud the step as we hope the officers will work to ensure that Law and order in the region. Peace is crucial for all Kenyans across the country,” Cheboi says.
Additionally, the council has called on the local leadership to cooperate with the security personnel to deal with bandits who killed 11 people and injured others in Makutani area of Baringo County.
They have further urged political leaders in the region not to politicise the exercise but to ensure they work closely with security until Peace is restored in the region ahead of August 2017 Elections.
“There is a need for all stakeholders to work together to ensure Kenyans remain in Peace all the time.”
Despite the government deploying massive security personnel in the troubled area, insecurity has persisted, claiming tens of lives. Primarily, the attacks in the region are framed as conflicts between neighbouring ethnic groups over animals, pasture and water.