By: THOMAS WAITA
Kitui Senator David Musila Friday petitioned the national government to protect the county residents from banditry attacks by armed gangsters from Tana River County or provide them with legalised firearms to defend themselves.
He regretted that recurrent attacks have so far claimed the lives of 25 people from Kitui County this year alone.
He said the attacks have been perpetrated along the area stretching from Kitui Game Reserve to Tseikuru in Mwingi.
The senator said that Kitui County was not prepared to lose more lives through such acts of violence.
“I have on several occasions engaged security agencies in the country to beef up security along the boundary between Kitui and Tana River counties and put a stop to the killings and restore peace between the two communities.
“The killings have however continued and the people of Kitui cannot coexist with armed intruders while they are unarmed.
“The State should, therefore, provide Kitui residents living in the banditry attack-prone areas with rifles to defend themselves and their property,” said the senator.
He added that creating a police reservist unit among the residents was the only way to ensure peace in the region.
Mr Musila said the State has a mandate to protect its citizens or enhance their capacity to ensure their own security.
He was speaking at Kyoani Village in Kitui South where he had gone to thank the electorate for voting him as the Kitui senator during the last general elections.
He also said Kitui residents together with their leaders will hold demonstrations if the national government does not commence the construction of the Kitui-Kibwezi-Isiolo road as promised by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich during the Kitui Investors’ Conference held September.
Mr Rotich had promised that the construction would begin in November.
“The people of Kitui are tired of empty promises to tarmac the road that have been made by various governments since Kenya’s independence,” said Senator Musila.
He added: “The Kitui-Kibwezi-Isiolo road, once tarmacked, will boost transportation in Kitui County and unlock the county’s economic potential by linking the region to the Mombasa port.”
He, however, noted that the residents will not engage in demonstrations if the Jubilee administration keeps its promise to tarmac the dilapidated crucial road.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION