Marakwet leaders demand action as armed bandits displace 350 families

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i

Senator Murkomen said the CS keeps giving ultimatums that yield nothing! He said while heavy security was being deployed to chase gun merchant Jimmy Wanjigi

By The Weekly Vision Online

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is under fire from angry Marakwet leaders who accuse him of engaging in chest-thumping theatrics while bandits rob, kill and displace hundreds of families. Led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen the leaders took issue with CS Matiang’i’s constant “hollow” assurances on the security situation in their region.

Senator Murkomen said the CS keeps giving ultimatums that yield nothing! He said while heavy security was being deployed to chase gun merchant Jimmy Wanjigi, the same had failed to contain armed bandits in the Kerio valley. The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has also expressed outrage at the worsening security the situation in the Kerio Valley at a time IEBC is conducting its second and last registration exercise.

The Commission noted that killings and displacement “disguised” as cattle rustling could be aimed at blocking some communities from voting in the August elections. This was supported by the NGO council of Kenya chairman Stephen Cheboi who comes from Marakwet west. Cheboi said police in Kerio Valley had failed and should be replaced by KDF.

“It’s clear both the security minister and police boss are unable to guarantee security in the Kerio valley,” Cheboi said in a statement. He said police should stop treating other people as if they are “lesser Kenyans” stressing that more than 350 families are now sleeping out in the cold for fear of attacks.

“Yet we have well-armed security forces deployed in the region, how come bandits are roaming freely killing and stealing?” he fumed.

There’s no story that cannot be told. We cover the stories that others don’t want to be told, we bring you all the news you need. If you have tips, exposes or any story you need to be told bluntly and all queries write to us [email protected] also find us on twitter.

Open chat
1
Hello, how can we help you?