Baringo leaders urged to unite against insecurity
Baringo County Commissioner Abdirisack Jaldesa has urged elected leaders, clergy and professionals to unite to end insecurity that has earned the county a bad name and for years frustrated development and peaceful co-existence.
Jaldesa spoke at Kabarnet ASK Show grounds during inauguration and swearing in ceremony of Governor Benjamin Cheboi and his deputy Charles Kipngok where he said that the challenge has taken back the county which is endowed with vast natural resources like unique lakes, minerals, beautiful sceneries and huge agricultural potential.
He stated that several people in the county have lost their lives, livestock, property and numerous families displaced from their homes by bandits and cattle rustlers who forcibly turn the lands into grazing fields.
“Up to now, we still have schools which have not resumed fully in Baringo North and South because of the insecurity situation but I believe that normalcy shall be restored soon if our leaders speak in one voice,” he said.
The commissioner stated that his office in collaboration with the county government shall organise a series of meetings in the affected areas with the newly elected leaders to chart a way forward of ensuring lasting peace in the county.
Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren, whose constituency is the most hit hard by the insecurity menace, said close to 400 people have lost their lives due to banditry vices, a situation, he noted is unfortunate.
He urged local leaders to be reasonable enough and prioritise security above any other agendas if the county is to move forward.
Makilap (Baringo North), William Kamket (Tiaty), Musa Sirma (Eldama Ravine) and Reuben Kiborek (Mogotio) urged local leaders to be reasonable enough and prioritise security above any other agendas if the county is to move forward.
“What is remaining is for the leaders to walk the talk because our residents have suffered the most from this insecurity challenge,” he said.
Makilap pledged to team up with other leaders in fixing the insecurity challenge which he said has outlived its time.
“We shall go to any length to ensure that peace and order is restored within our common borders so that our people live in peace,” he said.
Jematiah in a rejoinder said no development shall be realised when residents were still living in the bushes away from their homes for fear of bandit attacks.