Raila vis­its strife-torn Ke­rio Val­ley, con­soles, seeks votes

Marak­wet MCAs threaten to lead res­i­dents in a march to State House to see the Pres­i­dent. They say Uhuru has the power to find a last­ing so­lu­tion to dis­cord

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Riftvalley - STEPHEN RUTTO @sk_rutto

Op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga to­day will visit ban­ditry-prone Ke­rio Val­ley as cat­tle rustling and at­tacks es­ca­late. One sus­pected Pokot ban­dit was killed on Fri­day in Ch­e­sar­mat, while a Marak­wet was in­jured by ban­dits in Mogil on Satur­day.

“He will con­dole with the vic­tims of acute ban­dit at­tacks that have af­fected the Ke­rio Val­ley and its en­vi­rons since the be­gin­ning of the year,” ODM na­tional deputy trea­surer Ogla Karani said on Sun­day. She said Raila will hold talks with res­i­dents.

The ODM leader will be ac­com­pa­nied by Nairobi Gover­nor Evans Kidero, Sen­a­tors James Orengo and John­son Muthama, MPs John Mbadi, Gla­dys Wanga, Peter Kaluma and TJ Ka­jwang’ among other lead­ers.

UHURU ASKED TO IN­TER­VENE

On Oc­to­ber 23, Raila urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to in­ter­vene and stop the ban­ditry at­tacks. He said in a state­ment that the at­tacks have eroded de­vel­op­ment gains made in the Val­ley.

At least 17 peo­ple have been shot dead since March, when the skir­mishes erupted. Marak­wet MCAs threat­ened to lead res­i­dents in a march to State House to seek Uhuru’s au­di­ence.

Led by Moiben-Kuserwo MCA Wil­liam Ch­esin­gany, they said the Pres­i­dent has pow­ers to pro­vide a last­ing so­lu­tion to the vi­o­lence.

“We are tired of this prob­lem. We shall be walk­ing with our peo­ple all the way to State House to seek the Pres­i­dent’s help,” Ch­esin­gany said.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto vis­ited the area on Oc­to­ber 27, and an­nounced the de­ploy­ment 40 po­lice re­servists.

The visit came a few days af­ter Raila asked Uhuru to break his si­lence on the at­tacks. He said it is un­fair for Uhuru to act as if noth­ing was wrong.

Raila ap­pealed to the two com­mu­ni­ties to keep push­ing for peace be­tween them, but said they can­not do much on their own. “The sup­port by the na­tional govern­ment is the miss­ing link.”

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