Leaders from the pastoralist communities in the North Rift region have pleaded with the National Assembly to allocate more funds to the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) to help them in livestock off take program.
The leaders from Laikipia, Samburu, Baringo and Isiolo Counties who have formed a bloc dubbed Amaya Triangle, noted that pastoralist have been forced to move from one place to another in search of pasture and water due to drought caused by the inconsistent rains that have taken the better part of the year and this has resulted to the rise of insecurity cases in the region.
Speaking in Rumuruti town, Laikipia County during a peace meeting under the Amaya Tringle, led by Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, Stanley Kiptis of Baringo, Isiolo Deputy Governor Abdi Issa and his counterpart from Samburu Julius Leseeto, the leaders hinted that they had agreed to set aside funds in the supplementary budget to aid in livestock offtake program.
“We as Amaya Counties have agreed to set funds to off take livestock program because this is a major concern in our Counties.” Noted Muriithi.
They said that the funds will help in the purchase of supplements and a joint coordination in disease control and vaccination of the livestock.
The leaders stated that they had decided to encourage their herders to get grazing permit and not forcefully invading private ranches.
Muriithi urged local leader to preach peace to the residents saying that Amaya tringle is after attaining peace in the counties.
“We urge our local leaders from these regions to be in the forefront in preaching peace. As Amaya leaders we are doing our best in preaching peace we all want peace.” Said Laikipia County boss.
Members of County Assembly led by Kipruto Kimossop of Mochongoi Ward and George Karuiru of Ol Moran asked the government to fast track the disarmament of illegal firearms adding that the availability of the illegal firearms has contributed to insecurity in the region.
Their sentiments were echoed by Laikipia West Deputy County Commissioner Hezron Nyamberi who regretted the emergence of illegal firearms.
By Faith Limo