I will end banditry if elected Marakwet East MP – Kilimo
Anti-FGM Board chairperson Linah Kilimo has announced she will run for Marakwet East MP.
She said she will end banditry in the Kerio Valley if elected. Kilimo lost the seat to incumbent Kangogo Bowen in 2013. She said she has the knowledge and experience to end banditry, which has claimed at least 14 lives since March and led to the loss of thousands of cattle.
Kilimo said there were no reported clashes between the Pokot and Marakwet communities during her two terms as MP between 2002 and 2013. She spoke during the burial of banditry attack victim Titus Kipchumba in Embomir town on Saturday.
Kilimo said, “We were living in caves before 2002 because of frequent attacks by bandits. I left in 2013 when you were living in your houses. Today we are crying because we are back to living in caves for fear of attacks.” She said she will not sit back and watch residents get attacked by criminals while leaders are “asleep on the job”. “Women leaders feel the pain of losing young people in the society,” Kilimo said.