By Nancy Agutu
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on Wednesday urged Parliament to declare cattle rustling a capital offence. He said the government had the cardinal responsibility to protect its citizens from fighting each other.
Nkaissery said the constitution stipulated how National and County governments should work together to eradicate rustling. "There is no conflict between the national and county governments. Governors should instead join National Government in reprimanding leaders who encourage attacks in their areas. It is the governors who finance county sensitization forums on security threats," Nkaissery said.
The CS was speaking during the Council of Governors security consultative meeting at Villa Rosa Kempinsky, where he said counties have an opportunity to contribute to security concerns. "We have established County Policing Authorities chaired by governors. The law accommodates them and they should not complain," he said. Nkaissery proposed that governors should fund security operations in their counties, adding that every chief in the county will have a motorbike by June this year. "Put money to security. Not giving trips to MCAs," he said.
He said illegal firearms will be retrieved forcefully from the people who refuse to surrender them to the authorities. The CS urged the governors to encourage the public to volunteer intelligence information to the authorities and abandon retrogressive cultural practices.
The meeting comes after over 50 people were killed in Nadome village in Turkana East where fighting has been going on between Turkanas and Pokots. Kenya Red Cross said among those who were killed were 15 women and children. One of the injured, Riomakabel Shaban, 18, said Turkana bandits raided the village at 5am on May 4, killing an entire family of 10, among them four children aged between two and seven and their mother. He said the Pokot pursued the attackers for more than 40km to Kogh-Tuw village and killed at least 36 of them.