3 exam cen­tres in Ke­rio Val­ley shifted to avoid ban­dit at­tacks

A group of pro­fes­sion­als from El­geyo Marak­wet wants MP Ka­mama to re­sign, say­ing most sus­pected raiders come from his con­stituency and he can­not in­ves­ti­gate

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - STEPHEN RUTTO AND JULIUS OTIENO @TheS­tarKenya

Three KCPE exam cen­tres in the Ke­rio Val­ley have been re­lo­cated to safer ar­eas away from ban­dit-prone zones and pro­vided with guards.

Marak­wet East Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Kimu­tai Chirchir said the se­cu­rity move fol­lows two ban­dit at­tacks at the week­end.

He said 64 can­di­dates from Kom­bases, Chechan and Ch­e­se­tan exam cen­tres will sit ex­ams at Ki­lan­gata and Murkutwo pri­mary schools. The re­lo­ca­tion was done on Mon­day.

Chirchir said can­di­dates at Ch­e­sawach Pri­mary School, which had been shut, will not be moved since the area has been calm for a week. “We have re­lo­cated three cen­tres to safe ar­eas to en­sure ex­ams are not dis­rupted,” he said.

Chichir said the Ke­rio Val­ley has 450 KCPE can­di­dates .“Trans­porta­tion of ex­ams started as early as 5am. We are happy po­lice are pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate se­cu­rity in all the cen­tres,” he said.

Area deputy county com­mis­sioner Eric Mulevu said more of­fi­cers have been de­ployed to guard Marak­wet and Baringo East bor­der along River Ke­rio. “Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers are work­ing round the clock to en­sure can­di­dates and exam of­fi­cials are safe,” Mulevu said.

One per­son was se­ri­ously in­jured and at least 200 goats stolen in Mogil last Satur­day. Res­i­dent Jeremiah Ki­bor said ad­di­tional of­fi­cers and po­lice re­servists are pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity in the ban­dit-prone val­ley.

Mean­while, a group of pro­fes­sion­als from El­geyo Marak­wet county wants Ti­aty MP As­man Ka­mama to re­sign as chair­man of the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on na­tional se­cu­rity over the at­tacks in Ke­rio Val­ley.

They said his con­stituency is worsthit, but he has never com­mented or taken ac­tion, de­spite his in­flu­ence.

In a state­ment read by Ruth Rotich, the pro­fes­sion­als said most sus­pected raiders come from his con­stituency and he could hin­der trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the at­tacks. “A hyena can­not be the judge in a case be­tween it­self and the sheep. Clashes in Ke­rio Val­ley are not in­ter-clan wars and we can’t have trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tions if he still sits in the com­mit­tee,” she said.

Rotich said 17 peo­ple have died, 15 oth­ers se­ri­ously in­jured since March. “Some 384 cows, 1,685 goats and 285 sheep have been stolen,” she said. Rotich also said farm pro­duce worth Sh14 mil­lion have been de­stroyed.

The pro­fes­sion­als also ac­cused Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto of fail­ing to take the mat­ter se­ri­ously. They said he “mocked” res­i­dents af­ter he or­dered 40 po­lice re­servists de­ployed. “This is a mock­ery, be­cause the dis­tance be­tween the borders of Marak­wet East and West is 70km. We de­mand a 10fold in­crease of the KPR from 40 to 400,” Rotich said.

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