The county assembly has been asked to set up a fund for development projects in marginalized areas . MP for Sigowet/Soin mentioned that; this will bring the semi-arid constituency at par with other regions ,which had been marginalized by previous governments. The Questioned is, what about the current insecurity menace? leaders in this counties must speak in one voice to end banditry
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Mochongoi residents receive food donations from the baringo senator Hon. Gideon Moi ,area leaders led by Moses Lemeluk receive 100 bags of maize in kabarak on 3/3/2014.
The donation was meant to help boost the families that are hosting displaced person from Arabal, Mukutani and Chebinyiny locations. The senator had promised the community during his visit at Kabel on Sunday .Mochongoi residents are currently hosting families affected by the ongoing banditry in Arabal and Mukutani locations.
Baringo leaders need to be more proactive for the realization of peace in the entire county ,area chiefs were put on notice by the county commissioner peter okwanyo as the government moved to stamp out the insecurity which has left more than 20 people dead and 5,000 displaced in the past one month. Land and Natural resources available in this areas is the root causes of this menace ,the government should come up with affirmative action to restore peace ,resettle the displaced persons or give them alternative land to enable them continue with their livelihoods.
Some 1.6 million Kenyans are acutely food-insecure and will need immediate assistance over the next six months, the Government has said. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said the hardest hit are areas that experienced extremely poor rainfall particularly in the pastoral zones of the north and north eastern counties – Mandera, Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir and parts of Tana River County.. This is according to the assessment report on the country’s current drought and food security situation in the arid and semi-arid land (ASALs) counties in the country. The report was released yesterday by Ms Waiguru.
The Devolution CS pointed out that the most critical period for the affected areas are between February and end of March 2015. “There are varying degrees of drought stress in the ASALs counties but emergency conditions have not yet been reached largely due to the interventions from the national government and other stake holders. Further deterioration of the situation can be contained by timely and effective response particularly in the water, health and nutrition, livestock and security sectors,” she said.
Waiguru said at the ASALs inter-governmental consultative meeting that it was noted the short rains of November and December 2014 had been poor, given the rains started late and ended early in most of the arid and semi-arid counties. The CS pointed out that despite the situation, the Government will continue to undertake different interventions. “With regard to relief food provisions, the Ministry of Devolution will continue to provide monthly relief food rations to the counties that are food-insecure. In addition, there will be a scaling-up of the authority to incur expenditure for distribution to ensure that county commissioners are able to distribute the food to all affected areas,” she explained. CASH TRANSFERS. She added that the Ministry of Agriculture will ensure all the National Cereals and Produce Board stores in ASALs areas are stocked with maize. Waiguru pointed out that the national government had disbursed Sh279 million to 16 counties since August last year to implement their contingency plans with further disbursement being availed on request by the affected counties.
There is need for early warning systems to be put in place at the county government level, the affected communities to trained more on climate change effects , resilience and how they can mitigate to prevent losses
An act of parliament to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation,to safeguard against violation of person’s mental or physical integrity through the practice of female genital mutilation and for connected purposes.
“Female genital mutilation “comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs,or any harmful procedure to the female genitalia ,for non-medical reasons.
The vicious conflicts between Pokot and Turkana communities have been attributed to the long standing boundary and resource tussle in the area. The land in question, which emanates from Marich Pass area, 194 kilometres to Lodwar and Kainuk, is joined with the Turkwel River, which is rich with fertile soils that has seen CSOs attempt to encourage both parties to practice subsistence farming. Areas around Turkwel, including Amolem, Takaywa, Sarmach, Nyangaita, Alale, Lokiriama and Ombolion are among the worst hit, with close to 30 deaths reported in the past four months. Turkana leaders on the other hand are battling it for land situated in Kapedo, where 21 police officers and three civilians were recently killed by bandits and their firearms stolen.
The two communities have been fighting over resources along the border region, which has resulted to death and displacement. Leaders from Baringo East have constantly claimed that Kapedo and Lomelo regions belong to them, but has been annexed unfairly by the Turkana community. “Kapedo is in Turkana East County and is administered by Turkana County government. It is a wonder that Baringo leaders allege that it is theirs, without valid proof and only rely on the 1963 boundary map,” as mentioned by Turkana East Member of Parliament Nicholas Ngikor. The rift between the two communities has constantly widened, with the county chiefs and national leaders pointing an accusing finger at each other without reaching a formidable solution. Attempts by the leaders, who recently organized a peace meeting initiative, aimed to restore normalcy and avert the conflict were futile as both leaders snubbed the function. Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok, has urged the Government to form a commission to review the land demarcations soon to avert more damage. “The Government as a matter of urgency should address this boundary issue. Further delay will mean more impunity and deaths,” said Nanok. Samuel Tororei, a commissioner at the National Land Commission, said the aggrieved counties should resolve their differences in accordance with the Constitution.
Implementing chapter Four of the constitution and having an up to date data on of the boundary will bring peace in pastoral counties.
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