Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is expected to announce changes in security management in Laikipia County to quell the ongoing skirmishes in Laikipia.
Matiang’i said the changes are meant to beef up security and end banditry attacks in the region.
“We have to make necessary changes and we are going to make even more changes and deploy more security officers in Laikipai.” said Matiang’i during a meeting with regional and County Commissioners in Nairobi.
This comes as the Council of Governors calls for deployment of the military to quell the escalating violence. Led by the Chairman of Council of Governors (CoG) Hon. Martin Wambora, the governors said that military intervention will bring a lasting solution in peace restoration in Laikipia.
Wambora noted that the same intervention was used in the 1980 while he was the district commissioner in Baringo and it worked.
“The security agencies should arrest the people responsible for the skirmishes in Laikipia County and prosecute them.” Said Wambora.
The CoG also asked the government to start a thorough disarmament of illegal firearms adding that this will bring a lasting peace solution among communities living in the Suguta Valley triangle, which consists of Laikipia, Samburu, Baringo, Isiolo, Marsabit, West Pokot and Turkana Counties.
Part of Members of Parliament allied to Deputy President William Ruto are among the leaders that have come out forcefully to condemn the government for what they term as “unwillingness” to stop the security crisis in Laikipia.
However, Matiang’i said that the security crisis in Laikipia is politically instigated and that the National Security Committee has adopted a comprehensive approach in dealing with the banditry.
“We are not worried about containment because what is happening in Laikipia is seasonal. Every time we approach an election the conflicts flare up and calm is restored after elections,” he said.
“We will be on the ground for many months to ensure we address the land issues, and administrative and deployment concerns so that we address the problem once and for all.” Said Matiangi.
Laikipia leaders led by Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi and Woman Rep Catherine Waruguru have also called on the government to return the guns taken from the Kenya Police Reservists to address the problem of possession of illegal guns.
Adapted From Standard Newspaper.