GOVERNMENT TO FORCIBLY DISARM COMMUNITIES
Last week, the government ordered forcible disarmament of all communities in the Kerio Valley. Rift Valley regional commissioner Wanyama Musiambu said he has held security meetings and the disarmament will bring peace. He said the government has deployed police, who will disarm anyone found with a gun. “Despite urging those holding guns to register them, the communities chose to ignore that plea by the government. We have no choice but to forcibly disarm them,” Musiambu said.
Professionals, led by Livingstone Talel, protested in Eldoret town and said they will sue the state over the violence. “As a community we have suffered irreparable damage. It’s not possible to replace the lives we have lost,” Talel said
He said they want a response from the government, failing which they will seek legal redress. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has said it is investigating causes of the attacks and their effects to communities.
Vice chairman George Morara said cattle rustling has been commercialised with far-reaching economic and social impacts. He said KNCHR will make public a report on its findings.