4 May 2013

Kenya: Baringo, Pokot Governors Reject Forced Disarmament

Governors for Baringo, Pokot, Turkana and Elgeyo Marakwet have opposed a plan by the government to end cattle rustling.Pokot governor Simon Kachapin said they will meet to chart the way forward in dealing with insecurity.

He said forced disarmament will not work and communities must be involved.Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has been proposing an arms disarmament in the region but the governors want to consult with the national government and security agencies.

Members of Parliament from the affected communities have said they will work with the governors to implement measures to deal with insecurity.

The county governments want a common plan to end banditry, which has caused deaths and hampered development.

It is estimated that more than 50,000 illegal arms are in the hands of civilians especially nomadic communities like the Pokot and Turkana.

Past efforts by the government to carry out forceful disarmament have not been successful.Within the last three years, police have recovered less than 4,000 guns from the affected counties.

Kimaiyo had visited Baringo where more than 15 people have been killed and 3,000 displaced by bandits since last year.Tolgos said banditry might undermine development programmes in the counties within the region.

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