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Baringo seeks Ksh10B kitty for security roads

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 04:33 | By
A section of recovered goats by a multi-agency team of NPS and NPRs who responded after suspected bandits raided Kapkomon Village in Baringo county and made away with unknown number of goats in March, 2024. PHOTO/Print
A section of recovered goats by a multi-agency team of NPS and NPRs who responded after suspected bandits raided Kapkomon Village in Baringo county and made away with unknown number of goats in March, 2024. PHOTO/Print

A section of Baringo residents is proposing the allocation of Sh10 billion special fund in order to open up areas prone to cattle rustling and banditry.

The locals stated that the kitty under the Ministry of Transport will play a crucial role in completing all stalled roads in the region as well as establishing new ones.

They made the request at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute in Marigat town on Friday during a public participation forum by the Budget and Appropriations Committee of the National Assembly that was co-chaired by Baringo Woman representative Florence Jematia and her Nyeri counterpart Rahab Mukami.

Promote accessibility

Saimo Soi Ward resident Stephen Barkoton noted that the roads linking the three sub counties of Baringo North, South, and Tiaty connecting neighbouring Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Laikipia, Samburu, and Turkana counties will boost security operations in the affected areas.

Barkoton highlighted the Kipcherere-Sibilo-Yatia-Kositei and Ashakanin-Kipnai-Lomuker-Arror roads as some of the key infrastructure to be actualised in the vast county so that it can promote accessibility to public amenities in the remote parts of the county.

 “We are requesting funds for security roads because it will enhance trade and businesses as well as connect us to many crucial institutions which are currently inaccessible,” he said.

Paul Kipyamat, a resident of Baringo South Sub County, echoed the sentiments of Barkoton, noting that the proposed roads, which include Sirata-Mukutani-Ngelecha and Nakuru-Kisanana-Nyimbei-Chemorongion, will aid in the patrol and recovery of stolen livestock.

However, Kipyamat lamented that, besides the 100-kilometre Karandi-Mochongoi-Kasiela-Arabal-Sirata-Sandai-Marigat road, construction work on four other security roads across the county had stalled.

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