I’m tired of bury­ing my peo­ple killed by ban­dits, says MP

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Marak­wet East MP Bowen Kan­gogo has said he is tired of bury­ing his con­stituents killed by ban­dits in the Ke­rio Val­ley. He has blamed the gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to take de­ci­sive ac­tion to end cat­tle rustling. “Ev­ery weekend I have to at­tend buri­als or take in­jured peo­ple to hos­pi­tal. I’m re­ally tired of see­ing my peo­ple get killed, yet the gov­ern­ment has the abil­ity to end this prob­lem,” Kan­gogo said. He spoke to jour­nal­ists in Marak­wet on Sun­day. Kan­gogo urged In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery and In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boin­net (right) to visit the fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing be­cause of fre­quent at­tacks. Nkaissery can­celled a visit to the re­gion last week. More than 500 peo­ple have fled their homes along the bor­der be­tween Marak­wet East and Ti­aty con­stituen­cies, af­ter one per­son was killed and three oth­ers in­jured by ban­dits. Tot Sub­county Hos­pi­tal and three pri­mary schools have been closed. The three schools are Tot, Ch­e­sawach and Top Shin­ers Academy. Health ex­ec­u­tive Thomas Ruto said 35 hos­pi­tal work­ers have fled. Armed youth cut off wa­ter sup­ply to the hos­pi­tal and threat­ened to at­tack staff, forc­ing the county gov­ern­ment to close it. Marak­wet East deputy county com­mis­sioner Fredrick Ndambuki said the gov­ern­ment has de­ployed of­fi­cers to stop the at­tacks be­tween the Marak­wet and Pokot communities. How­ever, El­geyo Marak­wet Gover­nor Alex Tol­gos said the gov­ern­ment should de­ploy more se­cu­rity teams.

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