The County Security Committee of Marsabit found itself on the receiving end on Thursday when local governor accused them of allowing insecurity to thrive in some parts of the region.
Speaking at Moi girls’ high school playground during this year’s Madaraka day celebrations, Governor Ukur Yatani complained that an armed militia group was operating in Shurr area and called for intervention by security organs.
The governor claimed that the on hire goons have for the last two months taken over Marsabit-Shurr-Wajir road which they man on a 24 hours basis.
He said that owing to the insecurity situation, Shurr area cannot be accessed by anybody, including himself and asked the County Commissioner (CC), Magu Mutindika to ensure his team was up to the task.
It is sad that some parts of this county like Shurr cannot be accessed for the last two months as a public road has been blocked and is being manned on a 24 hours basis by militia yet the security team is just watching, he said.
The governor gave the security committee one week to repulse the ‘private army’ and restore normalcy or he would lead wananchi to access the area by force.
Regarding drought which has seriously affected lives and livelihoods, Governor Yatani said the government has set aside funds to cushion the pastoralists who lost their livestock to severe drought.
He added that his administration was working on post drought strategies like irrigation and livestock market channels in a bid to ensure that drought does not turn out into a cycle that continues to ravage the residents.
My government will in the next few months undertake an elaborate post drought rehabilitation initiative to build capacities of the people for sustainable development, he said before setting off to have his date with IEBC.
Yatani called on nominees of his Frontier Alliance Party (FAP) and other candidates in the forthcoming general elections to conduct their campaigns peacefully and to avoid utterances that could cause divisions among the residents.
He said that Marsabit County with its cosmopolitan nature was home to all the 43 communities of Kenya and urged leaders to nurture nationalism and patriotism.
In his remarks, the County commissioner called on the electorate to reject leaders who preach hatred and tribalism.
Mutindika asked politicians to conduct campaigns with decorum and avoid insults for the prevailing peace and tranquility in the county to be maintained.
He reminded politicians that politics was a competition where there must be winners and losers hence the need to embrace tolerance and accept the verdict of the electorate.
The administrator once more reiterated the government’s commitment to maintaining a secure electioneering environment and warned that inciters and hate mongers will not be spared.
Source: Kenya News Agency