Pastoralist MPs pledge to end insecurity, promote peace

Pastoralist Parliamentary Group Members led by their patron Saku MP Dido Rasso (in Muslim cap) addressing journalists in Nairobi where they pledged to work together to eliminate banditry. [Edwin Nyarangi, Standard]

Pastoralist Parliamentary Group members have said that they will not allow criminal elements to cause animosity in the northern part of the country.

Speaking in Nairobi, the leaders declared that they will not condone conflict between the constituents and their neighbours in the name of guarding their communities’ interests.

The Group Patron Saku MP Dido Rasso said that the 102 members drawn from the Senate and National Assembly have agreed to work together since the areas they represent face challenges which have been aggravated by banditry and cattle rustling over the years.

“We come from various parts of the country which have remained behind in development due to challenges such as banditry, famine, cattle rustling, drought and our regions lagging behind in development for many years, we must come together to change our situation,” said Rasso.

The Saku MP said claims that elected leaders were behind the insecurity witnessed in the Northern region were excuses used by previous regimes to run away from the real issues affecting the residents.

Turkana West MP Daniel Nanok said that the pastoralists have been marginalised for many years and promised to unite and work together with other elected leaders in the larger Northern region to end conflicts in the area.

Nanok said that the millions of shillings being used in the security operation in the region could be used to buy food for the residents and promised to work jointly with other leaders to weed out criminal elements that cause conflict.

“The 102 Members of Parliament from the Pastoralist communities across the country are committed to ensure that peace and harmony prevail in the vast region of the country which has lagged behind in development due to perennial conflicts which do not add any value to anyone,” he said.

Tiaty MP William Kamket called on the constituents to embrace ceasefire as they engage the government on the best way to handle insecurity saying it no longer has a place in the modern society.

Kamket appreciated President William Ruto's commitment to ensure that peace prevails in the various parts of the country experiencing banditry saying that all elected leaders from the region fully support the efforts.

“We have agreed that no elected leader should support banditry and livestock rustling and that we should all preach peace in the country,” he said.