County peace committee constituted in Laikipia

A peace forum held Thursday in Nanyuki urged counties neighboring Laikipia to cooperate and work as a team to arrest the runaway insecurity in Laikipia.

The forum recommended the County Commissioners from Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu and Baringo counties to initiate coordinated operations to ensure the region is secure.

This comes in the wake of insecurity being experienced in several pockets of Laikipia County owing to invasion of illegal immigrants from these neighboring counties.

Participants also recommended that a census should be conducted to find out the number of livestock in the county and herders be advised to keep the right number of stock in their farms as overstocking is the leading cause of conflicts due to lack of pasture

Illicit brew also featured in the forum with the participants recommending that chiefs take charge and do their duties responsibly as they maintain security and control the brews.

Participants resolved that selling of alcohol be banned in the county for one week preceding elections to ensure the residents votes soberly.

Laikipia County Commissioner(CC), Onesmus Kyatha who convened the forum said the purpose was to constitute a County Multi-sectoral co-ordination committee to ensure peace in the county before, during and after elections.

Peace is a responsibility of each one of us and every sector is a player in ensuring the county is safe, Kyatha observed.

According to the CC, the experience during parties’ primaries dictated the need for county peace committees to ensure peace prevails during campaigns, elections and after.

The 20 member peace committee which accommodates all sectors including business community, bodaboda, politicians, NGOs, matatu, and police among others will ensure peaceful campaigns and report any candidate who threatens peace, he added.

The security boss urged the members of the committee to ensure neutrality during campaigns and also to identify potential hotspots.

An IEBC staff, George Odhiambo said the commission office in Laikipia has scheduled a meeting with all candidates next week to conclude a harmonized campaign program.

Source: Kenya News Agency