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Don’t take the law in your hands, MPs warn Turkana residents

12 November 2014, 22:56 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – A section of North Eastern MPs from Turkana and Samburu communities have warned residents against taking the law in their hands to settle disputes saying this contributes to unending conflicts and hampers the government’s effort to provide security.

The more than four MPs from Isiolo County where a total of eight people from both pastoral communities were killed on Tuesday (yesterday) as a result of scramble for scarce pasture in the region blamed the county’s security officers for laxity in their mandate.

“The Isiolo County Commissioner and other security officers had information on the planned killings but failed to prevent. They are to be held responsible for the killing of eight people in Isiolo North constituency,” said Isiolo North MP, Joseph Lomwa, who led other MPs at a press conference.

Lomwa said the two communities have been at peace while conducting the normal pastoral activities thus challenged them to remain calm as the government carries out investigations to bring perpetrators of the killings to book.

“The witnessed killings are an isolated case that can be amicably resolved by leaders from both communities engaging each other for a long lasting solution. We are planning for a meeting between political and administrative leaders to discuss the matter,” said Lomwa.

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Despite some people from the two communities possessing illegal firearms, Lomwa said it is not the right time for deployment of the KDF officers for disbarment operation because the government is yet to exhaust other ways.

“We also support the disarmament operation but KDF can only come in when the security situation worsens beyond the control of other security officers. We should use the local arbitration ways first for solution,” said Lomwa.

Nominated MP, Sarah Korere, who is also from Isiolo County, said there is need for reshuffling or firing some officers in the National Police Service due to the witnessed ever-rising cases of insecurity in the country.

“We have been calling for police reforms and the Kavuludi team has failed in its mandate. They have to be removed from office because of the looming insecurity situation in the country,” said Korere.

Isiolo County MP, Tiyah Galgalo, called on leaders from the region to be in forefront of advocating for economic development rather than castigating tribal messages to spur the conflict.

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