Don’t stop seizure of il­le­gal arms, we want peace, CS told

Laikipia res­i­dents are suf­fer­ing in the hands of out­siders who they ac­com­mo­dated, an MP said. Sam­buru herders moved to Laikipia af­ter drought rav­aged their county

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In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery should order the re­sump­tion of dis­ar­ma­ment in the county to avoid vi­o­lence.

Laikipia West MP Wachira Karani said il­le­gal arms have led to at­tacks, with many res­i­dents be­ing killed and thou­sands be­ing dis­placed.

Since the dis­ar­ma­ment be­gan, peace and calm have pre­vailed. Stop­ping it would es­ca­late clashes, he said.

The leg­is­la­tor crit­i­cised Laikipia North MP Mathew Lem­purkel, Sam­buru North’s Alois Len­toimaga (vice chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity) and Lati Le­le­sit (Sam­buru West) over their pe­ti­tion to Nkaissery to stop the dis­ar­ma­ment.

Res­i­dents of the volatile re­gion who have fallen vic­tim to armed herders are not happy with the “in­sen­si­tive” pe­ti­tion, Karani said.

A COLONY OF SAM­BURU

“It is ap­par­ent the gov­ern­ment wants to make Laikipia a colony of Sam­buru. Laikipia peo­ple have been killed in the skir­mishes and thou­sands of oth­ers dis­placed by clashes, which are be­ing per­pe­trated by peo­ple com­ing from Sam­buru,” he said.

“We asked for the dis­ar­ma­ment as Laikipia peo­ple who are suf­fer­ing at the hands of out­siders whom we ac­com­mo­dated with their thou­sands of live­stock af­ter the rag­ing drought threat­ened to wipe out their live­stock.”

Lead­ers are con­tem­plat­ing boy­cot- ting a se­cu­rity meet­ing that Nkaissery is ex­pected to at­tend on Wed­nes­day, if he fails to order con­tin­u­a­tion of the dis­ar­ma­ment, Karani said.

“As the lo­cal com­mu­nity, we are an­gry since we feel that a few peo­ple are con­verg­ing and mak­ing un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions on be­half of us who are suf­fer­ing,” he said.

His sen­ti­ments were sup­ported by nom­i­nated MP Sarah Leko­rere.

On Fri­day, MCAs from Laikipia rep­ri­manded Lem­purkel and the other MPs from Sam­buru for ask­ing the CS to stop the dis­ar­ma­ment.

KILLED BY ARMED HERDERS

The skir­mishes have been ex­pe­ri­enced in Sosian, where sev­eral res­i­dents have been killed by armed herders.

Sosian MCA Ja­cob En­dom said col­leagues from Sam­buru want to dic­tate how Laikipia should be gov­erned even af­ter be­ing ac­corded the good­will to look for pas­ture in the county.

“You can imag­ine a sit­u­a­tion where they lifted a woman high and told her to see how their cat­tle were de­vour­ing her crops. It was so painful and this mad­ness must be stopped,” he said.

No MP ad­dressed the is­sue or sought the gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion af­ter the killings, En­dom said.

“It is there­fore hyp­o­crit­i­cal of the MPs to seek gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion with false claims that women are be­ing raped,” he said.

En­dom was with Paul Leshuel of Muko­godo East Ward and Ru­mu­ruti MCA Joseph Suge.

/ REUTERS

In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery in­spects guns in Ngong Hills, Nairobi, on Novem­ber 15 dur­ing a pub­lic de­struc­tion of 5,250 il­licit firearms and light weapons re­cov­ered dur­ing var­i­ous se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions

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