Leaders have failed to bring peace in Kerio
By Joel Kimaiyo, Kerio
| February 20th 2017
The insecurity along the Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot counties borders is getting out of control.
But claims that the instability being witnessed along the Kerio Valley is politically-instigated are misleading.
The truth of the matter is that it is the elected leaders from the three counties who have failed to find a lasting solution to the problem.
But for MPs, senators, governors and MCAs from the region to point an accusing finger at some of their political opponents that they were responsible for the menace is a sign that they have failed in their leadership roles and have resorted to creating unnecessary excuses on the matter for their survival come August elections.
It is particularly saddening that no week passes without people getting killed or livestock stolen, yet the elected leaders continue with their businesses as if nothing has happened.
But the continued loss of lives and property in the Kerio Valley is becoming a matter of great concern to thousands of residents affected by this menace.
For pupils to be in school and for residents to attend church or engage in any development activities, the youth must be ready to protect the people against attacks from cattle rustlers despite heavy presence of security personnel.
In fact, a school in Baringo South has been closed down after a teacher was killed and pupils injured by cattle rustlers from Tiaty.
It is the hope of the communities that the country’s top leadership, as a matter of priority, intervenes to bring the incessant cattle rustling incidents to an end.
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