Chiefs to take lead in peace initiative

Chiefs in Elgeyo Marakwet have been called upon to apprehend criminals and hand them over for prosecution in a bid to ensure there is lasting peace, especially in the Kerio Valley area.

A security meeting chaired by the County Commissioner (CC), Galgalo Hiddi, at an Iten hotel resolved that while there has been relative calm for the last three weeks, it was imperative that chiefs take a leading role in ensuring that the peace is maintained.

The chiefs were also asked to work with village elders to stop inter-clan wars and hostilities, including eradicating cattle rustling and illegal brews.

Saying that chiefs know what happens in their localities, the CC also called on them to play their role in mopping up illegal firearms which he said were a ticking time bomb.

The CC expressed concern that when they are not fighting others, residents turn the weapons on themselves, citing a recent case when a husband killed his wife with an AK47.

We have enough security personnel who are adequately armed and therefore, we don’t need illegal firearms, he told the meeting.

Addressing the same meeting, the County Police Commander, Kenneth Kimani called on the chiefs to reclaim their powers and stamp their authority.

Noting that chiefs were the cogs in which most National Government services revolve, the Commander said they should use their important position in the society to ensure that things run smoothly.

The meeting also resolved that all security sectors should complement each other to ensure that the lives and properties of the residents are protected.

Source: Kenya News Agency