Recently elected leaders from Laikipia, Baringo and Samburu counties have devised new ways to end rampant insecurity in the region
Led by Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, the leaders said they want dialogue and consultation to prevail in improving security in the volatile region.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday in Nyahururu town after a security meeting, Muriithi said We’ll hold a series of meetings to ensure the security situation in our three counties is improved. We will be meeting not as leaders but also with citizens to discuss not just how to improve security but also how to improve economic outcomes of our people.
He noted that the leaders are committed to ensuring that there is peace in the region, adding that security was key to the economic development of the people.
The meeting was also attended by Laikipia County Commissioner (CC), Onesmus Musyoki, Senator-elect John Kinyua (Laikipia) and MP-elect, Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West),
Others were Laikipia Deputy governor, John Mwaniki, MP-elect, Patrick Mariru of Laikipia West and several MCAs- elect from Laikipia and Baringo counties.
Muriithi observed that although security is a function of the National government, counties have a critical role to play in improving security through provision of water, fodder and streamline movement of livestock.
The leaders however, differed on whether the ongoing security operation should stop to give dialogue a chance.
MCA -elect of Churo-Amaya ward in Baringo, Makale Selemoi said since most of the elected leaders were those involved in past Peace Caravan in the region, the government should halt the security operation to allow the leaders implement the peace messages they have been preaching through the caravan processions.
Selemoi added that they would even travel to the notorious valley bordering Laikipia and Baringo to sensitise the locals on the need of maintaining peace.
What would happen if we are confronted by armoured vehicles when we are there, he posed
Githiga ward MCA -elect, Peter Thomi in Laikipia West constituency differed sharply with him maintaining that the security operations should continue and intensified until all people behind the banditry are wiped out.
The issue of operation is not about communities of Baringo, Laikipia and Samburu but meant to remove criminal elements who have been invading peoples’ farms and stealing livestock from locals, Thomi said.
He said the locals in Laikipia should freely farm and keep their animals without any invasion and stealing of their animals by criminals.
Source: Kenya News Agency