The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: I'll End Banditry, Says Ex-Helb Boss

Baringo county governor aspirant Benjamin Cheboi has promised to end cattle rustling and inter ethnic strife in the area if elected. The former Higher Education Loans Board boss said the county has the potential of growing faster economically.

"When you take a cross-section of Baringo county, you will realise that it is endowed with a lot of resources that are needed for development. Insecurity and lack of food are still the main challenges in Bringo but I promise to deliver on my agenda," said Cheboi during a dinner at KICC in Nairobi on Wednesday.

He called on the government to beef up security and ensure that those responsible for killings and displacement of people in the area are arrested and prosecuted.

"In the recent past, the people of Baringo have witnessed massive killings of our people and displacement of thousands of people. Children no longer attend schools as they fear attacks by cattle rustlers. We are now demanding that those responsible for all these be arrested and prosecuted immediately," he said.

Cheboi has been endorsed by four MPs for the seat. Justice assistant minister William Cheptumo said they endorsed Cheboi because of his good record at HELB.

"Cheboi is the best man for the job. He managed billions of shillings at HELB his track record can testify for him", Cheptumo said Cheboi was speaking on Wednesday at a dinner held at KICC.

He will be battling out for the vast Baringo County with former National CDF director Simion Chelgui. Chelugui is enjoying the support of Edward Sambili, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of National Planning and Vission 2030.

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