By Mathews Ndanyi
More than 100 CDF projects have been abandoned in counties affected by insecurity in the North Rift. Cattle rustling in Baringo, Turkana and parts of Pokot has affected many projects. The projects include health centres, schools and cattle dips among others. Baringo county commissioner Benard Leparamarai yesterday said security has improved and allowed development programmes to resume.
"Insecurity has greatly affected many activities and projects but we have put in place measures to ensure residents continue with normal lives," said Leparamarai on the phone. Various projects were complete and ready for use but residents have fled due to constant attacks. Governors in some of the affected counties have vowed to tackle the insecurity issue because it affects development activities. Apart from the planned arms disarmer, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi has planned to start a cattle branding campaign to control cattle theft. Baringo North MP Grace Kipchoim said the government must tackle the cattle rustling problem.
"We cannot implement CDF projects and other programmes due to constant attacks by rustlers," she said. The CDF National Management Board will carry out a fresh survey of the projects in the regions as MPs and their teams plan to disburse money for more projects. Most of the MPs have already constituted CDF committees to manage the projects.