Church leaders in Laikipia County have urged the Government to enhance security in the County to curb attacks on innocent people by armed bandits.
Speaking during a meeting to deliberate on various issues affecting residents of the County, the leaders noted that cases of rape and abduction of women and girls in Kamwenje, Ol Moran and Githiga in Laikipia west are on the rise and must be stopped.
Under the Laikipia County Dialogue Conference that draws membership from all the religious organizations in the County and community elders, the caucus Chairman Reverend Dickson Ndirangu called for cease fire and urged all stakeholders to come together deliberate on the issue.
He says the banditry attacks are no longer about cattle rustling saying residents are being evicted from their homes.
Ndirangu noted that little is being done to make sure that the common mwananchi is safe and is enjoying life as it should be.
His sentiments were echoed by AIPCA Nanyuki Bishop Daniel Ndirangu who said that there is need for the National and the County Government to offer basic needs such as water to residents as one source of conflict in the region.
They urged the Government to arrest and prosecute politicians who are known to incite their communities against others as well as increase security forces at the Laikipia Baringo border to halt the attacks.
Women leaders have also called for female desks at police to deal with cases of rape and defilement.
Church leaders have also urged the two levels of Government to settle squatters in the County saying about 35 villages are occupied by people who do not have land.
Supreme Council of Kenya representative Masudi Kibwana said Laikipia County has farms that have exceeded the 99 years lease and urged the Government to claim them and settle its people.
They called on politicians in the country to desist from too much politicking and focus on delivering their mandate to the electorate and supported the call by President Uhuru Kenyatta that politicians should stop early campaigns and work for the electorate.