Govt urged to beef up security along Turkana border

Written By: Timothy Kipnusu/Muraya Kamunde

Legislators from West Pokot County are calling on the government to beef up security along the border with Turkana.

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Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto and his Pokot South counterpart David Pkosing said there was an urgent need for a lasting resolution to the current conflict.

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto and David Pkosing of Pokot South are challenging leaders drawn from the West Pokot and Turkana to the mediation table.

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Tension is still high and many villages are deserted especially in Kainuk and Kapedo following the recent attack on the convoy of West Pokot Governor Prof. John Longanyapuo.

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The incident sparked a retaliatory attack on the Turkana community. Leaders from Pokot Community accuse their Turkana counterparts of inciting communities to violence.

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Baringo Tiaty MP William Kamket is urging Turkana leaders to preach peace instead of fueling animosity.

Residents and leaders worry about the insecurity situation if not checked might affect learning in schools along the border.

Barely a week ago, West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo’s convoy was attacked along the Kitale-Lodwar highway.

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The leaders and the security team were heading to Takaywa Village where one person had been killed, and more than 500 heads of cattle stolen by cattle rustlers to cool down the tension.

It is alleged that the convoy was attacked by police officers attached to Kainuk Administration Police station in Turkana County.

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