Baringo Senator Gideon Moi says conflicting boundary differences between Turkana and Baringo counties should be iron out immediately to avert more loss of lives and destruction of property.
Speaking in Koibatek, Baringo county Moi asked Survey of Kenya to insure that proper and original administrative boundaries are identified and marked.
The senator further urged the affected communities from the two counties to respect the traditional community boundaries as they wait for the survey outcome.
“The problem we are witnessing in Kapedo is purely a boundary issue and that is why we demand that Survey of Kenya visit the place and point out the original boundaries between the two counties. We need to know whether Kapedo is in Turkana or Baringo, period”, he reiterated.
While condemning several deadly attacks directed at Government officers in the area, Moi said the country’s director of survey must tour the region and remedy the situation before it get out of hand.
The senator who is also the senate roads and energy chairman said persistent insecurity arising from cattle rustling which has led to loss of lives, destruction of property, displacement of persons, disruption of education and negative image of the county was undermining development.
“This state of affairs is no longer tolerable and the national and county leadership from all sub counties must face the issue head on, lives and property of helpless citizens must be protected by all means”, he added.
In the meantime, a dispute between Pokot and Illchamu communities is brewing over whether Mukutani Centre should be in Marigat sub-county or Tiaty with each community claiming the same.
Over the years, the contested area has been treated to be under Illchamus until early this year when suspected pokot bandits torched houses belonging to Illchamus threatening to cause an eviction.
During the raids, Mukutani location assistant chief Samuel Lecher was ambushed and shot in the leg while making his way back to home in the evening and his shop set ablaze.
On Saturday, three General Service Unit (GSU) officers were killed and a vehicle they were traveling in set ablaze by suspected Pokot bandits during a routine security patrol at Ameyen in Turkana East.
During the 2pm incident, a GSU officer and unknown woman were also injured.
By Monday, a secondary school teacher, three police officers and an employee of Tullow oil were still missing after bandits attacked a vehicle they were traveling in near Kapedo town.
Last week, eight police officers were attacked in the area and a vehicle ferrying KCSE examination materials was set ablaze with operations at Amosing and Ngamia 1oil exploration sites in Turkana East reportedly grounded.
On the same day, suspected Pokot raiders made a daring attack at Sirata in Kiserian Marigat Sub-county shooting death four Illchamus Morans before making away with 31 heads to cattle towards Tangulbei in East Pokot.
Two of the raiders were cornered at Rugus near the border of the two communities and killed.
Following the two incidences, the Inspector of police David Kimaiyo has issued a shoot to kill order on armed bandits as he directed for a massive operation to recover stolen guns and uniforms from the three murdered officers.
The IG issued the orders when he toured Kapedo and Sunday accompanied by Baringo County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo and County Police Commandant Hassan Barua and urged illegal gun holders to surrender them before the Government rolls out the disarmament exercise.
He also warned leaders who incite communities saying action will be taken against them.
Source: The Standard Monday, October 27th