Turkana: Turkana County leaders failed to attend Kenyatta Meeting
TURKANA Governor Josephat Nanok and a section of MPs from the county failed to attend President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting at Kapedo yesterday, saying they had not been informed about it.
During the meeting President Kenyatta ordered Pokot and Turkana residents and their leaders to immediately surrender all illegal guns to the government.
Present at the meeting were Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, Inspector General of Police David Kimayo, Deputy Army Commandant Joseph Kasaon, and Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi.
The President told the two communities to also hand over the criminals involved in the recent attack and killing of security personnel in the area, saying the culprits are people known to them.
“As government, we will take firm action against those who killed security officers in this area. These criminals must pay for their heinous act,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta issued a one-day ultimatum to the Pokot community to return the guns stolen after the killing of police officers.
The President issued the stern warning when he spoke in the North Rift villages of Chesitet and Kapedo, which have been hit by recent bandit attacks leading to the death in large numbers of police officers and civilians, and destruction of property.
On Saturday, suspected bandits mounted an attack feared to have killed 20 people, including eight police officers, between Kapedo and Lokori in Turkana County.
Other recent security incidents include the October 20 attack on a motor vehicle belonging to Kapedo Mixed Secondary School that was transporting examination papers from Lodwar to Kapedo.
In this attack, two police officers were targeted and sustained injuries. At the same time, the vehicle was burned down and the examination papers destroyed.
On October 25, armed bandits attacked two vehicles belonging to the General Service Unit (GSU), and killed three officers, two civilians and injured one officer.
Senator John Munyes and MPs James Lomenen (Turkana South) and Nicholas Ngikor Turkana East) said the were unaware of the meeting and only heard about it through news media.
“Kapedo is in my area and protocol demands hat I should have been informed of the President’s meeting at Kapedo,” said Ngikor. He said it was wrong for the President to go to the area to consult with some leaders in a way that may not resolve the insecurity problem in the region.
The MP claimed that the President may have been misinformed that Kapedo was in Baringo County. Munyes and the MP said the current conflict in the region was politically instigated by some individuals targeting oil and Mmneral resources that have been discovered in parts of Turkana.
The senator and Lomenen said they would issue a comprehensive statement on the matter later.
“What they should know is that we will fight to the last man to ensure that no part of Turkana is annexed to a neighbouring county,” said Munyes.
They advised Uhuru to tackle the boundary problem affecting counties in the region as one way to end the conflicts. The leaders claimed that foreign attackers from a neighbouring nation were part of the bandits who killed police officers at Kapedo.