Laikipia leaders decry rising cases of insecurity in the County

Elected leaders from Laikipia have accused police of laxity in dealing with insecurity in parts of Laikipia West and the County at large.

They have now called for the immediate redeployment of National police reservists who were suspended last year by the Government to deal with cattle rustling.

According to the leaders the most affected areas include Matwiku, Kamwenje among others where barely a day goes without an attack.

Laikipia County Assembly Majority leader Peter Thomi said it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure security for its people and called on both levels of Government to ensure Laikipia residents are safe.

Thomi says a fortnight ago they buried a 95 year old man who was shot and killed at Kamwenje while last week they were holding a Harambee for another person who is still in hospital and with a bill of over Ksh 3million after undergoing an operation.

Laikipia North MP Sarah Lekorere said cases of insecurity have increased after the Government withdrew guns from the National police reservists who had been deployed in Laikipia.

Lekorere said through peace initiatives they have been able to unite communities living Laikipia North and urged leaders from Laikipia West to embrace the same approach.

Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru said the Government must put in place necessary measures to ensure that the bandits terrorizing people in broad day light are dealt with.

Mariru noted that the expansive Laikipia Nature Conservancy owned by renowned Environmentalist Kuki Gallman has now become a hide out for cattle rustlers.

The leaders spoke at Gathanji Primary school in Laikipia North during the commissioning of five Classrooms accompanied by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

Former Speaker Francis Kaparo called for a peace meeting that will include leaders from Laikipia and Baringo to try iron out the matter.


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