Call for army bases in Turkana to end insecurity

Monday, October 3rd, 2022 08:00 | By
Insecurity in Turkana. PHOTO/Courtesy
Insecurity in Turkana. PHOTO/Courtesy

Setting up military bases in Turkana county could help end perennial cattle rustling and insecurity, Turkana West MP Daniel Epuyo says.

Already, he said, the county’s leadership and residents have donated over 9,000 hectares of land for military bases.

“Areas where we have donated land for military bases include Napeitom and Kapedo,” said Epuyo adding that constituents and leaders from Turkana West have also donated 2,000 hectares of land in Napakim and Loreng for use as a buffer zone against attacks by bandits from neighbouring countries.

In April, the county government and the Ministry of Defence signed a Framework Agreement for allocation of land for military use in the region. Then Governor Josphat Nanok and Defence Principal Secretary Ibrahim Mohamed signed the pact that will see allocation of 9,000 hectares of land for setting up of military bases across Turkana.

The land includes 2,000 hectares in Kanamkemer, 1,000 hectares each in Kaputir, Kapedo/Napeitom, Lapur, Kibish, Lokichoggio, Nanam and Letea wards and an additional 50,000 hectares for military training in Kapedo/Napeitom ward.

Meanwhile, leaders from Turkana county have appealed to the national government to beef up security. The leaders, during a meeting with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, urged the government to end insecurity in Turkana, Baringo and West Pokot.

Turkana delegation, led by Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai, held a three-hour meeting at Gachagua’s Harambee Annex office in Nairobi last Friday.  Also present were Woman Rep Cecilia Asinyen and MPs Nicholas Nkolong (Turkana East), Protus Akuja (Loima), Ariko Namoit (Turkana South) and Emathe Namuar (Turkana Central).                    

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