By Kennedy Lesiew
Six Governors from the North and South Rift regions are planning for a joint strategy to tackle cattle rustling menace. The five governors will hold joint peace rallies in the five counties affected by cattle rustling in a move aimed to tackle insecurity and attract investors. They have identified insecurity as a major impediment to development in the region Governors in the plan include; Josphat Koli Nanok(Turkana),Simon Kachapin(West-Pokot), Patrick Khaemba (Trans –Nzoia) , Alex Tolgos(Elgey-Marakwet), Benjamin Cheboi(Baringo) and Moses Kasaine(Samburu) vowed to speared head the campaign to tame the menace in the five counties.
“We want to use the peace forums to create awareness to the warring communities on the need to discard outdated cultural practices such as cattle rustling and embrace unity of purpose in order for our counties to realized its full potential.” Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos Said. Tolgos noted that the five counties were unable to attract local and international investors due to insecurity posed by armed bandits.
He expressed concern that unless urgent measures are taken to restore calm in the affected counties, they stood the risk of missing out on viable sustainable projects running into billions of shillings that are yet to be injected in the counties. He said the affected counties have been experiencing increased cases of attacks in the recent past leading to lose of lives and livestock, besides displacement of hundreds of families.
The governor reiterated their commitment to supplement the government’s efforts to enhance peace and cohesiveness among the warring communities for the sake of unity and development. He regretted that the counties ravaged by incidents of insecurity making them lack behind in all spheres of development for decades despite having enormous resources which still remains unexploited. Tolgos said they will incorporate the security agencies in their peace forums in areas that are most hit by insecurity in the affected counties for harmony to prevail among the residents. More....