By Robert Kiplagat
It took the intervention of their security escort who engaged the assailants in a fierce gunfire exchange to rescue the two who were on tour of the area, in Cheptumoâs constituency prone to cattle rustling.
The incident which left the two shaken took place at Kamwetio area in Baringo North constituency where they had toured following frequent raids.
The incident which angered the minister prompted him to threaten to quit if the government fails to address cattle rustling and banditry in his constituency.
The MP said there was no need serving in government while his people continue losing lives and livestock to bandits.
"It does not help me or my people to be in government while injustice is being meted on them and other pastoralist communities," he told The Standard.
He said it was high time the president declared cattle rustling a national disaster due to the magnitude of suffering undergone by the community.
"The insecurity situation in pastoralist and arid areas in Rift Valley have been deteriorating as governments continue ignoring their plight for years," said Cheptumo.
The MP cited the cattle rustling in his constituency as the most ignored situation by all governments for the last 35 years.
"If the DC who is guarded by armed officers cannot be safe, how about an ordinary mwananchi?" wondered Cheptumo.