The Laikipia Governor, Nderitu Mureithi has said his administration will ensure that peace and tranquility is restored in the area.
He noted that security is essential for development in the area.
I am committed to bringing peace and tranquility in this county which has been experiencing insecurity cases for some time, he noted.
Speaking in Nanyuki town on Monday, the governor said he will promote dialogue with elected leaders in neighbouring countries in a bid to restore order in the region.
The insecurity in Laikipia County has been triggered by the drought in December last year, which forced pastoralists from the neighbouring Counties of Baringo and Samburu to drive their livestock into the area in search of pasture and water.
The new comers do not respect private property and graze anywhere they find pastures without consulting the owners and in some instances lives have been lost and property worth millions of shillings destroyed as a result.
On Thursday, last week, Governor Mureithi, his deputy John Mwaniki, Laikipia Senator, John Kinyua, Laikipia East Member of Parliament, Patrick Mariru, Samburu West MP, Naisula Lesuuda, Churo /Amaya ward in Baringo County, Member of County Assembly Makale Selemoi and Laikipia County Commissioner, Onesmus Kyatha met in Nyahururu to discuss how to improve security in the region.
The governor said a staff audit will be carried out in his county to ensure there are no ghost workers.
He said, a day to the general election, more than 100 workers were awarded contracts by the previous government.
We will do an audit to establish the staff employed through the County Public Service Board and those who are not so as to send away ghost workers,” he added.
Mureithi noted that in the 2015/2016 financial year, an auditor general report for Laikipia County, indicated that sh.7 million was paid to ghost workers as salaries.
Source: Kenya News Agency