Laikipia government officials reshuffled over increased insecurity

By Christine Muchira/KBC Correspondent
All senior security officers in Laikipia County have been transferred following a wave of insecurity and invasion of private land by pastoralists that have left six people dead and scores nursing bullet wounds.
County Commissioner Chege Mwangi who has been barely served for six months, County Commander Angleus Karuru and Administration police County boss Daud Mohammed are said to have received their transfer letters on Wednesday last week.
This came as leaders across the county condemned a move by Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel and two other MP from Samburu County to urge the government to stop an ongoing disarmament exercise in Laikipia West and North.
Lempurkel, Aloise Lentoimanga (Samburu West) who is also the Vice Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Security and Lati Lelerit (Samburu North) petitioned interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery to stop the exercise and allow dialogue to take charge.
However the MCAs and MP from Laikipia who were angered by the move said that they fully support the exercise and there is no way the county will be governed by people from outside who have made the county ungovernable.
Sissian MCA Jacob Edom noted that those causing insecurity are herders from Samburu who are in search of pasture and have invaded the county with thousands of illegal arms that they are using to terrorize residents.
He wondered why the MPs never visited Nkaiserry when six members of the Turkana community were senselessly shot dead when they were pursuing their animals that had been stolen at Sossian.
Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere also threw his support for the disarmament and urged the government to act on those feuding the conflict.
Lekorere noted that it was evident that there are some leaders who are not happy with the government’s effort of restoring peace in Laikipia and they should be questioned on their motive of calling off a exercise that is targeting to disarm criminals.
Leaders from the region are also contemplating boycotting a security meeting which Nkaissery is expected to attend on Wednesday next week at Rumuruti, if he fails to order continuation of the disarmament.

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