We will catch and prosecute you. That was Deputy President William Ruto’s warning to cattle thieves during security meeting in Kapenguria on Friday.
Mr Ruto who met with Pokot leaders at the Kapenguria Lutheran Church over insecurity at the county’s border with Turkana, called for calm among feuding members of the two communities, warning that inciters would “face the full force of the law”.
The Deputy President put cattle rustlers and bandits on notice.
Loss of lives
Security agencies had been mobilised to ensure that cattle theft that had resulted in loss of lives would not recur.
“Those who have made cattle rustling their source of income should find something else to do,” he said. Those caught risked long jail terms, he warned.
The meeting was attended by religious leaders, provincial administration officials and political leaders, including Senator John Lonyangapuo and Governor Simon Kachapin.
Mr Ruto asked citizens to assist the government in security efforts through community policing.
In apparent reference to rustling, the Deputy President asked the Pokot and the Turkana to discard outdated cultural practices and engage in farming and other income generating activities.
“These two counties are blessed with rich agricultural soils suitable for farming. It is time we discard reliance on livestock alone and invest in agricultural activities,” he said. More....