Pokot leaders raise alarm over rising cases of residents maimed by bandits

An armed man was spotted at Kapau in Tiaty Baringo County. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

West Pokot leaders have raised concern over the rising number of residents maimed by bandits in the region.

The leaders noted that incessant attacks by armed bandits have left residents with disabilities and unable to fend for themselves.

Leaders and residents raised their concerns to Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore, during celebrations to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Makutano Stadium.

West Pokot Deputy Governor Robert Komole said the number of residents who have developed disabilities due to bandit attacks was worrying.

He accused the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), which is currently conducting security operations in the region, of allegedly contributing to the growing number of disabled population in the county. 

Komole called for the submission of their concerns during Cabinet meetings to ensure a just resolution.

Francis Loboo, the Kasei ward Member of the County Assembly highlighted the plight of victims still recovering from bomb and gunshot wounds inflicted by security officers.

Loboo called for deployment of more security officers in the North Rift region to restore calm and curb rising cases of disabilities due to violent attacks by bandits.

“People have been disabled after being shot. Our neighbors have been armed and are inflicting pain on us," he lamented.

Nominated MCA Mary Mariach urged the government to prioritize the security of disabled persons, particularly those from insecurity-prone regions.

Given the high number of individuals born with disabilities in the county, Mariach stressed the importance of preventing more cases resulting from violence.

Nominated MCA Easther Chepution, said it was heartbreaking to see people suffer disabilities due to insecurity.

"We are not happy and the president should also listen to us," she said.

Bore while responding to the leader's concerns, said the government will address the matter.

"I will make sure we get a solution to the problems. We will sit down as leaders and find a permanent solution," she said.

The leaders advocated for a comprehensive approach that supports individuals with disabilities and addresses the security challenges in the region.