By Boaz Kipngeno [Admin note: It's not apparent from the title, but this news story is mostly about cattle rustling (and some animal poaching); also, the odd characters in the text are in the original, too.\
Residents of Baragoi in Samburu County have for the second time defied orders from the government to surrender all illegal firearms, including those stolen during the Suguta Valley massacre where 42 police officers were killed.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku had in July issued a two-week ultimatum to whoever could be keeping the 48 guns lost during the massacre, saying failure to do so will compel the government to carry out forceful disarmament.
âYou have played with security matters so much but for this one, you have no option. You must return the guns and Samburu must be peaceful,â said Lenku. The Cabinet Secretary said cattle raids have ruined the image of the country for long. âFailure to do so (surrender the firearms) will compel the government to act and that will be destructive and painful.â
However, months after the tough talk, the government is yet to embark on the forceful disarmament, with cattle rustling going on unabated. Residents have now despaired.
John Leterewa says they are used to such pronouncements.
âThese are hollow statements which we are used to. Raiders know that the government does not mean what it says and are emboldened to continue with raids,â he says. More....