Ban­ditry vic­tims in Ke­rio Val­ley ask state to com­pen­sate them

‘We have suf­fered se­ri­ous losses that run into mil­lions of shillings, yet as tax­pay­ers’ the gov­ern­ment has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our lives and prop­erty’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

More than 1,000 ban­ditry at­tack vic­tims in the Ke­rio Val­ley have de­manded the gov­ern­ment com­pen­sate them.

They want com­pen­sa­tion for the fam­i­lies of 20 peo­ple killed, 30 in­jured and for hun­dreds of live­stock stolen. The res­i­dents said many peo­ple have been dis­placed and pro­jects stalled.

A list of their de­mands has been for­warded to Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta. Hu­man rights groups and the res­i­dents said cat­tle rustling has slowed eco­nomic growth, es­pe­cially in agri­cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have suf­fered se­ri­ous losses that run into mil­lions of shillings, yet as tax­pay­ers, the gov­ern­ment has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our lives and prop­erty. It failed to do so and it’s our con­sti­tu­tional right to seek com­pen­sa­tion,” spokesman Cos­mas Mu­tai said yes­ter­day.

He said the Marak­wet com­mu­nity in the Ke­rio Val­ley has not known peace for one month. Last week, women from Marak­wet cried as they nar­rated their or­deal and its toll, es­pe­cially on their chil­dren.

MCAs, led by Fes­tus Kirop, said the gov­ern­ment has ne­glected Marak­wet, lead­ing to in­creased at­tacks on their com­mon bor­der with Pokot.

/MATHEWS NDANYI

Res­i­dents of Marak­wet protest in El­doret town last week over ban­ditry at­tacks in the Ke­rio Val­ley

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