By Mathews Ndanyi
MPs from Pokot and Turkana counties want communities in the region to surrender illegal arms in order to help end insecurity in the region.
The legislators say the more than 50,000 small arms held by herders in the region have been a major source of insecurity and killings of innocent people during cattle rustling attacks, a practice which the 14 MPs have resolved to eradicate. They made the declaration at a meeting in Eldoret yesterday.
"We are now united as leaders from these regions and we have told our people that they have no business using arms against each other. They have to stop it," said Asman Kamama who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Security Committee.
The legislators also said they support the Government's plan to mop up illegal firearms in the three counties in an effort to end cattle rustling.
The MPs however said the disarmament should be carried out in consultations with leaders from the affected counties.
Turkana County women's representative Joyce Emanikor said they are committed to ending cattle rustling and restoring lasting security and peace in the region.
Kamama said they had all resolved to preach peaceful coexistence among the different ethnic groups in the region and that cattle rustling would not be tolerated. More....