Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has said his regular movements across the Rift Valley are not to ignite any political rivalry but to agitate for the interests of Kenyans.
The senator clarified that he has been moving around to address the plight of maize farmers, insecurity which affects his county and the resettlement of Mau Forest evictees and conservation of the resource.
He said his priority and the key interest of the Kenya National African Union (KANU) party is to agitate for the real issues facing Kenyans by interacting with them and churning out possible solutions to the issues.
“I am perplexed some people have established enmity with me on allegations that I am challenging their political positions yet I am just agitating on issues facing our people like security in Baringo. I fail to understand which nerve of these people I have touched by doing this,” said Gideon.
He further told off individuals referring to him as a novice in politics.
“Everybody is entitled to their opinion and the best way to rate any leader is to allow the electorate to judge and rate them in relation to their service delivery, track record, what they say and do,” he added.
He allayed claims that he is undermining Deputy President William Ruto in order to challenge him in the next General Election, adding that KANU is part of the Jubilee Alliance.
On whether he would join the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP), Gideon said there are procedures that are followed to make a coalition just like they did with Jubilee, and it is never a matter of forcing people but allowing them to decide.
Speaking at Kapsowar African Inland Church (AIC) in Elgeyo Marakwet County yesterday, he reiterated that the Government is failing Kenyans on security issues and called on the relevant authorities to change their approach to insecurity and end the menace of senseless killings.
Gideon said the Northern Kenya region and parts of Rift Valley have been most affected leading to numerous and continuous loss of lives but the Government’s response had been unsatisfactory, since it has been much talk with no significant action.
“In Baringo and bordering counties, we have lost more than 400 people over this silly thing called cattle rustling. The Government deployed more than 600 security personnel who have not helped the situation. These people should be removed and better officers brought on board,” he said.
He said the local leadership was determined to end insecurity but the Government was not honouring its pledge to employ more Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) who understand the terrain in these regions to eliminate the bandits.
His sentiments were echoed by Marakwet West MP William Kisang who said KPR officers should be employed in larger numbers to curb the rising insecurity in parts of Baringo, Turkana, Samburu and West Pokot.
Mr Kisang further called on Gideon to consider joining JAP before the 2017 General Election, terming the new merger as a platform that will bring all Kenyans on board in terms of representation in leadership.