NAIROBI, Kenya May 20 – A section of Members of Parliament from Baringo have criticised the government for withdrawing guns from Kenya Police Reservists in the county saying it has led to increased insecurity.
Speaking in Parliament, the leaders led by Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren said banditry has increased making people live in fear and schools being closed.
“For the last three days, Baringo North and South have been attacked by bandits from Tiaty constituency. What prompted this attack is as a result of gun withdrawal from the National Police Reservists who have been defending our people. Those bandits are well armed, yet we do not have guns in Baringo North and South,” said Kamuren.
On her part, the county Woman Representative Gladwell Cheruiyot has called on the government to deploy security officers in the county to contain the situation.
“I want to believe that CS Matiangi and PS Kibicho have heard all these stories even through their intelligence and they will do their due diligence to provide the necessary support to the public because they are very worried. It is time for the government to put the necessary measures and protect our people. If it is the law that is weak, let us strengthen the law and if it the force; let the force be taken there,” she said.
Baringo North William Cheptumo on his part said every Kenyan deserves to live in a secure area and asked the government to treat all Kenyans equally.
He further said that this is not the first time the leaders are decrying insecurity in the county, and nothing is done to the attackers who claimed are known.
“Our CS is aware of what is happening, the people of Baringo County have been complaining about insecurity for a long time. The question we are asking is, are they not Kenyans like the rest? Don’t they deserve to be protected?” Cheptumo questioned.
The Kenya Police Reservists in the North Rift were last week directed to surrender their guns for registration.
The leaders now want the officers to be facilitated with the guns as soon as possible.