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Leaders In Baringo Meet With Security Team Following Lift Of Curfew By Matiang’i

Shadrack Olaka

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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has said that insecurity troubling the Tiaty Constituency will only be solved if the local leaders are involving themselves in finding solution.

Moi was speaking at Lake Bogoria Spa and Resort where Regional Commissioner for Rift Valley George Natembeya and his security committee were meeting the clergy and locals. The senator urged the area leaders to ensure they can be trusted to spearhead peace initiatives and held accountable.

The senator who also delivered a message to the local leaders from President Uhuru Kenyatta, said that he was very confident that a solution to problems of insecurity in the region would be found.

Senator Gideon thanked the Tiaty leadership for striving to return peace to the area, stating that security in the area had greatly improved since the year 2017 in comparison to the period between 2013 and 2017.

He termed the period between 2013 and 2017 as the worst because of the many attacks.

The Regional Commander Natembeya convened the meeting which was focusing on finding a solution to the insecurity problem in the sub-county.

The meeting followed just hours after Fred Matiang’i, the Interior Cabinet Secretary lifted the dusk to dawn curfew that was imposed on Kapedo residents due to insecurity on January 25.

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The CS said the curfew was imposed because of the serious threats posed by suspected bandits to security and public order that saw three police officers and a senior GSU officer killed which was adding to the threat brought by Covid-19 pandemic in Turkana East and Tiaty East and West.

For more than seven weeks, the police have been conducting a serious operation in the area to clear off the attackers.

Natembeya urged leaders to be agents of change.

Governor for Baringo Stanley Kiptis, John Lonyangapuo for West Pokot and Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio were also present in the meeting of which Mr Kiptis said that local problems just needed local solutions.

He added by saying that the peace initiative in Tiaty Sub-county would only be reached when there is a joint effort between the national government and the local leadership.

It’s in the meeting that Natembeya ordered the ongoing operation in the region to stop for 30 days to give the requests made by the local leaders a room to sort out the insecurity issue.

Senator Gideon said it is through education and other social interventions, that the region’s residents would have a change mind-set.

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The senator said after the 2017 General Election he held talks with the leadership of Tiaty and explained to them that their area was the richest and that they needed to unlock what God had given them.

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