A new Sub-County established in Baringo will tackle insecurity and retrogressive practices, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mr. Wanyama Musiambo has said.
Speaking during the official unveiling of the new Tiaty East Sub-county Mr. Musiambo said the vast size of East Pokot Sub-County which was divided into two made it impossible to administer services.
The divided sub-county covered over 4000 kilometre square and was almost half the size of the whole county, added Musiambo.
He said the work for the new sub-county Deputy commissioner work is cut out and that it will form the parameters through which his performance will be accessed.
He will deal with insecurity challenges occasioned by cattle rustling, and will continue to work on disarmament as we are aware we have over 5,000 firearms around Baringo only, said the administrator.
Others he said are Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages which lead to low standards of education in the area.
He decried increased child pregnancies and warned those who impregnated 13form one and two girls from Tangulbei High School, saying they will face the full force of the low.
A child in high school is not a woman to be married but a child that needs a favourable environment to read and finish her studies so as to attain a good life, insisted the commissioner.
The new Sub County Commissioner Reuben Ratemo promised to take up the challenges saying he was up to the task.
He also appealed to the community to embrace peace, saying it was the only way through which they will realise development and cohesive relationship with their neighbours who include the Samburu, Tugens, Marakwet, Turkana, Ilchamus and those in Laikipia.
Baringo leaders welcomed the new administrative unit and commended the government for the new gesture promising to unanimously vote back the current regime in the forthcoming presidential elections.
Led by the governor Mr. Stanley Kiptis, Senator Gideon Moi, County Women Member of parliament, area MP and a host of MCAs, the leaders said the new sub-county will bring more resources to the people and foster peace in the volatile region.
They said the community will benefit from government recruitment like the army, police and TSC positions.
Governor Kiptis thanked the president saying the county government will also play a role in developing the new Sub County.
He praised the nurses in the sub-county for resuming work despite their industrial action to tackle the malaria outbreak and further added that his administration had posted two medical doctors to assist in taming the pandemic.
Senator Gideon Moi asked the area MP to do an audit of the children not attending school so that measures can be put in place to enlist them to schools.
Former MP Asman Kamama also thanked the president saying the new sub-county is one among the six gazzeted in June after extensive lobbying from his office when he was in parliament.
The Gazette notice divided East Pokot Sub-County into two: Tiaty East and West with East comprising of Silale, Churo, Loyamorok and Tangulbei wards which will constitute a total of 14 locations and 31 Sub-locations.
Other Sub-counties gazetted by the then Interior CS the late Joseph Nkaisery are Tongaren in Bungoma, Bura East in Tana River, Elangata-Wuas and Oloililai in Kajiado, Kutolo in Wajir, Bananey in Garissa and Igambang’ombe in tharaka Nithi county.
Source: Kenya News Agency