NGO Council boss calls for military intervention in Kerio Valley against attackers

Chairman of the National Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Stephen Cheboi

In a press statement council chairman Stephen Cheboi accused the police of sleeping on the job and urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to deploy the KDF. Mr Cheboi said KDF should protect Marakwets just as it is doing in neighboring Somalia stressing that “charity begins at home”!

By The Weekly Vision Online

A cross-section of leaders from Marakwet has condemned recent attacks by bandits that left four people dead. The leaders claim the police deployed in the Kerio Valley were unable to fight the cattle rustlers. They warned that Marakwets will “defend” themselves if the government fails in its duty.

Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nandi MP Oscar Sudi condemned the attacks, teaming them as “cowardly”. The two leaders accused police of only being ready to come for dead “bodies” long after the bandits have left the scene. They claimed police were “hiding” in houses when bandits strike. The leaders were supported by the NGO council of Kenya which has condemned the killing of people at Kapkobil area near Tot. The bandits later fled with several heads of cattle.

The people of Kerio Valley have a right to peace and thus our humble appeal to the government is to deploy KDF since police have failed- Stephen Cheboi

In a press statement council chairman Stephen Cheboi accused the police of sleeping on the job and urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to deploy the KDF. Mr Cheboi said KDF should protect Marakwets just as it is doing in neighbouring Somalia stressing that “charity begins at home”! “Like all other Kenyans, the people of Kerio Valley have a right to peace and thus our humble appeal to the government is to deploy KDF since police have failed.

He said Kenya cannot be protecting foreigners while her people are being butchered like dogs in Kerio valley. The untold suffering meted on innocent people in the valley can only be mitigated through punitive measures on the transgressors. We urge the Government to stop the killings caused by barbaric acts of cattle raids and banditry. As the country heads to 2022 general elections we urge the Government to ensure that all parts of the country remain peaceful”, he said in a statement.”

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