Leaders renew push for long-term peace in troubled Kerio Valley

On Monday and Tuesday, the leaders met with President William Ruto at the Eldoret State Lodge. According to sources, the leaders discussed with the head of state measures to combat banditry and open Kerio Valley to investment.

A meeting 10 days ago in Chesegon, on the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot, resolved the reopening of open-air markets that had been closed after bandits overran the police to run affairs in the belt known for fruit and livestock production.

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Wesley Rotich and his West Pokot counterpart Simon Kapchapin were among the leaders who met President William Ruto in Eldoret to discuss the insecurity in Kerio Valley.

Dr Ruto reportedly asked Tiaty MP William Kamket from Baringo and his Pokot South counterpart David Pkosing (from West Pokot) to unite in the fight against the banditry menace.

Governor Rotich said the region's leadership urged Dr Ruto to implement the proposed Kerio Valley marshal plan to spur development in the marginalised area, which is said to have enormous agricultural potential.

"We would like to thank the President for promising to combat banditry. These backward activities have dealt a significant blow to development projects in the region, resulting in deaths, property destruction, school closures, and unrest.

"The region's economic activities will only thrive when the guns are silenced," the governor said.