Baringo senator Gideon Moi has lauded efforts made by both the national and county government in curbing runaway cattle rustling and banditry in the county.
Senator Moi said the recent community policing initiatives has started to bear fruit as cases of people being killed or livestock stolen in insecurity prone zones has gone down.
Speaking over the weekend during the burial of retired senior chief Daniel Chelanga at his Kipsaraman home in Baringo North, Mr Moi urged area leaders to unite and fight insecurity which he observed had made the region lag behind in all spheres of development.
The senator who attributed the current peace and tranquility enjoyed in the county to change of leadership, lauded Tiaty MP William Kamket for being a positive change agent in restoring of peace in parts of Tiaty, Baringo South and Baringo North sub counties.
In the recent past, we have not heard of people being attacked and killed by bandits in our county. A loss of even one life is a great loss to our county. I am impressed that the peace meetings that my friend Kamket, our county commissioner have held and other leaders from Tiaty have borne fruit. he applauded.
The senator noted that security was a matter of leadership and when leaders don’t want peace, there was going to be no peace in their areas of jurisdiction.
This is a good milestone we are making, and in the final analysis,insecurity will be a thing of the past, he affirmed.
He called on local elected leaders to forge a united front to finish the thorny issue of insecurity for the county to realize faster economic development.
Mr Moi also asked leaders to shun politicking and rally behind the Big Four agenda of President Uhuru Kenyatta in order to improve the country’s socio-economic development.
Mr Kamket who attended the burial ceremony echoed senator Moi’s sentiments saying that with the recent recruitment of National police reservists (NPRs) in East Pokot cases of cattle rustling has greatly reduced to the minimum.
Senator Moi at the same time applauded Baringo and Nakuru members of county assemblies (MCAs) for raising the alarm immediately following the recent abduction of Silale MCA Nelson Lotela three weeks ago.
If it were not for Baringo and Nakuru MCAs for pulling a united front in championing for immediate search of MCA Nelson Lotela, right now we could have been faced with another catastrophic issue he agonized.
The late senior chief aged 96 years was the father of Peter Chelanga, who is one of the personal assistants of Gideon Moi.
Others who attended the burial included area MP William Cheptumo and county women rep Gladywell Cheruiyot.
Source: Kenya News Agency