The government, North Rift leaders join hands to work towards restoring security

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'i is welcomed by former West Pokot Governor and Education CAS Simon Kachapin during a past visit to the region. FILE
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i (right) welcomed by former West Pokot Governor and Education CAS Simon Kachapin during a past visit to the region. FILE

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has assured the residents in the North Rift region that the government is committed to providing security. Speaking after a meeting that brought together leaders including Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, majority leader Aden Duale among others, CS Matiang’i said the criminals will be confronted.

The resurgence of insecurity in the North Rift region has caused panic among residents and the government’s decision to disarm police reservists drew mixed reactions from leaders. Schools have been affected and residents have migrated from their homes.

However, CS Matiang’i has said the police reservists will be vetted and that a team conducting the vetting led by police IG Hillary Mutyambai will complete the process soon, “We are moving to clean up and deal with the KPRs and NPRs issue so that we are served by men and women we know,” he said. He said that cattle rustling isn’t a cultural issue as en by some but is a criminal enterprise and that the national government is building a close partnership with the County administrations, “For the first time we are building a solid partnership between the political leadership, the national government, the County governments so that we are all facing one direction toward ending this problem,” he said.

On his part, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok said the leaders have discussed several issues including the disarmament of NPRs and the problems raised by the people who live in the affected areas, “The County governments have agreed to work closely with MPs, the Ministry of Interior and security agencies at the national level and County level to ensure the process is done in a way that is successful,” he noted. The meeting comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta put to task security agencies and urged them to deal with the rising insecurity cases witnessed in different parts of the country, including Matungu.