NAIROBI, Feb 11 – Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery has warned Samburu leaders against inciting locals to take the law unto their hands.
The Interior Cabinet who held talks with the leaders from Samburu County said time has come for the people of Samburu to inculcate peace and focus on development.
“Leaders who incite their communities against others will pay for their deeds,” said Nkaisery, stressing that banditry and cattle rustling that is prevalent in Samburu County between the Samburu and Turkana communities was an archaic and backward undertaking.
“The 12 camels and 81 cows stolen by Turkanas and the 16 cows stolen by Samburus must be returned within a week,” said Nkaiserry who read the resolutions passed at the meeting.
Nkaisserry who moved to diffuse tension in Samburu County days after eight people were killed in what was said to be an act of cattle rustling ordered Samburu and Turkana communities to stop the bandit activities.
He directed security agencies to be prompt in dealing firmly with any acts of violence and to ensure that peace prevails in the volatile area.
Speaking after meeting leaders from Samburu, Nkaissery said it was disheartening to see people of Merti fleeing their homes adding that the onus is with the locals leadership to nurture peace and peaceful co-existence in the county.
“Give peace a chance for the sake of development and advancement,” said Nkaiserry.
He asked the Samburu County leadership to form grazing committees in their respective areas in order to minimize conflicts arising from demand for pasture and water for livestock, “ensure the grazing patterns are adhered to.”
The Interior CS directed the Regional Commissioner to hold barazas (peace courts) and meet all administrative officers, security committees and Kenya Police Reserves working in the county to help maintain peace in the County.
“All leaders must hold Baraza’s and meetings and sensitize the communities on what the meeting has resolved and ensure peace is maintained,” said Nkaisery.
Scores of people fled their homes in Marti area of Samburu County and are camping at Barlasoi Centre.
Those left behind in Suiyan, Lpusi, Lgotoi, Lteroi, Longutukei and Morijo were living in fear of the possible revenge attacks and appealed to the government to intervene.
Most of those who ran away from their homes were women and children and had complained of lack of food, water and the fear of contracting malaria and other vector borne diseases