Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Maalim Mohammed has cautioned politicians in the region over planning parallel political campaign meetings.
The RC said that politicians should follow the public order act and should notify the security team on any political meetings they have.
“We don’t want unhealthy competition in planning meetings .We don’t want conflicts. Politicians are required to inform the security team so that officers can plan themselves and provide security,” he said.
He called on politicians to conduct peaceful campaigns without distorting peace.
“We must stay as brothers and sisters. Politics will come and go,” he said.
He said that as the Government, they have put in place measures on election preparedness.
“We have started regional multi-sect oral committees through County Commissioners, Deputy County Commissioners and other stakeholders. The official campaigns ahead of the 9th August starts on 8th June 2022,” said Mr Maalim.
Speaking after meeting with chiefs and their assistants at Mtelo Hall in Kapenguria, Mr Maalim who was on the tour to familiarize himself with the region said that he has also met with the security team and Government officers working in the region.
“Our officer injured an assistant chief recently along the Kitale –Lodwar highway banditry attacks,” he said.
He said that national administration officers working in the region are required to be alert.
“Our officers depend on chiefs for information. As the National administration, we are the most extensive organs represented by Regional Commissioner, County Commissioner, Deputy County, Assistant County Commissioner, Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, village elders and Nyumba Kumi,” he said.
He said that they are also discussing the recovery process of the stolen animals.
“We must bring back the stolen animals,” said Mr Maalim.
He warned over staying away from their areas of jurisdiction where residents cannot reach them hence don’t perform their roles saying that action will be taken against those found.
“Many chiefs in the area have forgotten their roles and some with their assistants have been known to be operating from the urban centers,” he said.
Mr. Maalim cited that many chiefs have been staying in towns not forgetting their roles.
“The moment chiefs and their assistants are employed in areas where they were born .You must be residing where you are expected to be .We don’t want mobile chiefs which residents look for them. Some are just staying in major towns like Makutano, Sigor , Kacheliba, Alale ,” he said.
He cited some chiefs have become drunkards because of the stress of the job.
Mr. Maalim called on parents in the area to take children to school.
“We want 100 percent transition in pastoral areas. Parents should take children to school. Every child must be accounted for,” he said.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to eradicate the vices in the region.
“The question is; are these raids and banditry and cattle rustling activities planned where and how the officers are not informed on time,” he said.
Residents in Laikipia, Samburu, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot should be at the same level with other Kenyans and embrace education,” he said.
He called on chiefs to take responsibility and protect residents and their property so that vices are eradicated for development to be realized in the region.
“You should be aware of everything in your jurisdiction. You must be disciplined. Chiefs are civil servants and not bosses. Leadership is a privilege not a right,” said Mr. Maalim.