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It's unfair to label all Pokots bandits

By Samuel Lopuo | March 2nd 2017 at 08:27:12 GMT +0300

Any plans to evict the Pokot from Baringo County would be very barbaric and outdated.

It is more painful when the Government of the day plans a serious operation against a people I know as a peace-loving community.

It is unfortunate to term Pokot bandits. A bandit is not a tribe. That is a very backward attitude, which should not be tolerated.

Article 39 of the Kenyan law provides that every Kenyan (the Pokot being among those Kenyans), has a right to reside anywhere in Kenya.

It beats logic, therefore, to find that Tugen and other tribes in Baringo find it unnecessary to live in harmony with their Pokot counterparts.

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This has proven a very intolerant behaviour and a new era of dictatorial encroachment in our country.

When the new law was passed in 2010, fear and panic were replaced by hope and justice.

Kenyans should take peace and harmony as an embodiment of our day-to-day activities. This new law must guide us, as we gathered at the polling booths to ratify a pledge that Kenya must be one and for all of us.

It is a big blow to the people of Tiaty constituency for a community to be declared Boko Haram, oblivious of the outcome of that christening.

As if that was not enough, the majority tribe in that county organised a demo to evict the Pokot from their rightful homes.

It beats logic more when the Deputy President goes to a warring environment and gives a shoot-to-kill directive.

As we speak, there is an intensive operation in the offing against an otherwise innocent people.

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