- At least 35 schools have been in Baringo due to insecurity in the region
- Area leaders support the ongoing security operations region
- They have also dismissed assertions that police reservists deployed in the region were recruited from one community
Leaders from North Rift region have differed over security operations launched on Monday by Deputy President William Ruto in Baringo.
Addressing a press conference at Parliament Buildings yesterday, MPs William Cheptumo (Baringo North), Sammy Mwaita (Baringo Central) and Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East) supported the operation saying their constituents have suffered for a long time.
The leaders faulted West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo for dragging the name of Ruto into the conflict. The leaders told the senator to keep off the operation and allow the government to do its job.
On Tuesday, Lonyangapuo claimed the programme is politically instigated and lacked neutrality.
Lonyangapuo also urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop the operation saying it is aimed at killing the Pokot.
“Who gave Deputy President powers to give a shoot to kill order, that order should be revered immediately and all area leaders called for a peace meeting. We request President Kenyatta to save the Pokot community from extinction,” Lonyangapuo said.
Cheptumo said it was unfortunate that senator Lonyangapuo can condemn an operation that is meant to protect life and property of the people of Baringo.
“Where was Lonyangapuo when children were being killed, women displaced and schools closed in Baringo. It is sad that a leader can criticize the operation of the government,” Cheptumo said.
Cheptumo said the operation should continue and urged leaders not to politicize the matter.
Cheptumo said so far 12 schools in Baringo North and 23 in Baringo South have been closed due to insecurity.
Bowen told senator Lonyangapuo to stop playing politics with the ongoing operations saying enough blood has been shed in the region.
“Senator Lonyangapuo and Moi have never called for the reconciliation of people in the region, let the operation continue until all schools are opened and people can go back to their farms normally,” Bowen said.
Mwaita said Baringo residents have been displaced in their own land and the people with guns that have killed others should also be killed.
“If there is a thug who has killed others, why should he not be killed,” asked Mwaita.
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