Gov’t calls on Baringo leaders to preach peace


A man holds a gun in Baringo County. Photo/FILE
A man holds a gun in Baringo County. Photo/FILE

 

The government is now appealing to leaders from Baringo County to sensitise local residents on the importance of maintaining peace, coming amid rampant cattle raids that have left scores dead.

“We urge local leaders to continue to preach peace and calm and importantly urge citizens not to interfere with humanitarian work,” he said.

This comes after the Kenya Red Cross Society pulled out of the area last week after one of its convoys was faced with a security threat.

Speaking at State Lodge in Kakamega County on Sunday, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu indicated that security has been beefed up in areas in Baringo County affected by the vicious attacks by armed rustlers.

“The Inspector of police whom I just spoke to wanted to confirm that there were no incidents in Baringo yesterday. Security has been beefed up significantly,” he said.

“The security situation is contained but our security agents remain vigilant to deal with any situation that may arise,” he added.

Esipisu noted that government security agencies are doing all in their power to restore peace in the volatile county and take action against those involved in the rampant armed attacks.

This comes as residents are fleeing their homes in Baringo County fearing for their safety following regular attacks by cattle rustlers that have seen scores killed and hundreds of animals stolen.

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