The Baringo North MP elect, William Cheptumo has urged leaders in Baringo to jointly focus on fighting insecurity which has greatly frustrated development activities in some parts of the county.
Cheptumo regretted that unless security is restored in parts of Baringo North, Baringo South and Tiaty constituencies which have not enjoyed peace for a long time no meaningful development will be realised.
Speaking during the swearing in of the new governor, Stanly Kiptis and his deputy, Jacob Chepkwony at Kabarnet ASK grounds, the MP said some of his constituents were living in constant fear because of persistent attacks from bandits and cattle rustlers.
He appealed to all leaders across the vast county to unite and spearhead peace initiatives with a view to building cordial relationship among the various communities.
While congratulating the new governor for his victory, Cheptumo asked those who lost in the just concluded elections to support the winners in driving the wheel of development forward.
The MP elect has lauded the government for including the county on the list of regions to benefit from the Equalisation Fund which is meant to provide basic services like water, roads, healthy facilities and power to marginalised areas.
A cross section of professionals who graced the occasion challenged Kiptis to form an inclusive county government and shun sycophants who might be out to destroy his administration.
Don’t get distracted as you move the county forward as the steward of the ship. The ship you are steering is so big and there are crooked passengers who will wreck the board. Please give a vigil eye on such people, they reiterated.
On security, the professionals called upon leaders especially in Tiaty and Baringo South constituencies to prioritise peace in order give the local people a chance to engage in socio-economic activities geared towards uplifting their living conditions.
Water Principal Secretary, Prof. Fred Sergor encouraged the new governor to build on the strong foundation laid by the outgoing governor, Benjamin Cheboi and work very closely with national government for more resources to be channeled to the region.
Prof Sergor asked the governor to put politics behind and focus his energies and time on development of the county which he noted was facing myriad problems like insecurity and food deficiency.
Source: Kenya News Agency