Legislators want govt to degazatte Baringo as an insecure zone

West Pokot Senator Prof John Lonyangapuo together with other legislators from the county addressing journalists at parliamentary buildings on Baringo crisis. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Nairobi,KENYA: A section of leaders from West Pokot and Baringo counties want the government to rescind its decision of gazetting some ares in Baringo counties as insecure.

In a media briefing at parliament on Friday, led by west Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo and Kapenguria legislator Samuel Moroto, they demanded that the government should de-gazette current order to allow people go on with their business and allow humanatarian organizations to reach people who are adversely affected by hunger crisis.

Prof Lonyangapuo said that the order has tossed the affected counties into turmoil leading to closure of 130 primary schools whereby civil servants affected too.

“We demand in no uncertain terms that the the government de-gazettes current gazette order of Baringo as insecure zone.This is because by gazetting the area the spillovers will flow into Sigor constituency as has already been witnessed and citizens will continue to suffer in the ongoing operation process.” Prof Lonyangapuo said

He accused the government of bias when enhancing security in the area urging security agencies to send security officers both to Marakwet and Baringo counties to avert escalation of tension in the area.

“The government should fastrack equal recruitment of Kenya police reservists in the region across board.” He said.

They also urged the government to speed up investigation on the death of leaders who were killed in the area and bring the perpetrators to book.

On 28th of February this year, the government through the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisserry,in consultation with the national security council declared that certain areas in Baringo county dangerous.

On Thursday, opposition blasted the government for not doing enough to arrest the situation in Baringo where scores have been killed and hundreds displaced in an ongoing security crisis .