Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties

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Residents living in Baringo and Turkana Counties are living in fear of more attacks by bandits as drought continues ravaging parts of the country.

According to the residents and some of the leaders from banditry prone areas, the constant attacks are caused by pastoralist who keep moving from one place to another in search of water and pasture.

Nicodemus Ekai, a Kapedo resident, said that they have been displaced and that there have been attacks in the region despite more security officers being deployed by the government.

Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties
Nicodemus Ekai, Kapedo resident

Ekai added that in the past, pastoralists could move from one place to another in search of water and pasture but they did not engage in banditry.

“In the past we used to scramble for water and pasture but we did not have any insecurity cases caused by drought. They are now displacing us and claiming our lands to be theirs.” Ekai Said

According to Christine Lopuri, a Turkana resident, they have been forced to move to safer parts of Baringo County due to drought and insecurities, she also called on the government to offer a lasting solution.

Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties
Christine Lopuri, Turkana Resident

“There is drought yes, but that is not a big problem to us, our biggest problem is the killing of our people. They can graze in our land all they want but let them spare our lives. People are being killed for no reason, they are killing travellers and even the police.” She explained.

Lawrence Achuka Turkana Spokesperson called on the government to move them to a safer place noting that, they have not received relief food from the government arguing that they are hit hard by drought as they do not do farming and that they depend on casual labor to earn a living.

Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties
Lawrence Achuka Turkana Spokesperson

“I can’t remember the last time we received relief food, our children are not employed and we depend on casual labor to earn a living,” Achuka said.

Bartabwa Member of County Assembly Reuben Chepsongol expressed his fear that there might be more insecurity cases owing to the ongoing drought.

Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties
Bartabwa Member of County Assembly Reuben Chepsongol expressed his fear that there might be more insecurity cases owing to the ongoing drought.

“They do not come in search of water and pasture but rather come to steal our livestock.” Said the vocal MCA.

On his part Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi asked the government to look for ways of drought mitigation arguing that this is going to curb the movement of pastoralists from one place to another in search of water and pasture.

Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties
Laikipia Governor Ndiritu

He noted that his County is the most affected, with the recent clashes claiming the lives of more than ten people.

Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula called on Chiefs and leaders from the pastoralist communities to meet and agree on how they can go about their livestock.

Drought, Banditry Threaten Stability in Baringo and Turkana Counties
Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula

Adapted from KBC.

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