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Government should carry out disarmament

05 July 2013, 12:33 Mwangi Karanja

The Government should get rid of illegal arms in the hands of criminals to avert the increased cases of insecurity in Trans Nzoia County, the County Senator Henry ole Ndiema has said.

Addressing mourners at Muroki shopping center in Saboti during the burial of Andrew Tindi, a prominent businessman who was shot dead last week after gunmen armed with AK 47 riffles attacked the area, Ole Ndiema pointed out that it would be impossible to restore sanity if criminals would not be disarmed.

“We have many people who are hiding guns and are contributing to unsteadiness in the county. They should be disarmed because we need peace in our county,” he said.

Rising insecurity

Ole Ndiema said killings of businessmen in the county might scare away investors, consequently derailing the county economic progress.

Other four people who were also killed in the attack while responding to a distress call from the businessman, were buried last weekend, a month after other five traders in the county were killed in separate incidents.

His sentiments were echoed by the County commissioner Charity Chepkonga who said that soon they will find the sources of the firearms.

She warned criminals that their days were numbered and soon they will be behind bars, adding that the government was not going to tolerate further attacks on innocent Kenyans.

"The government is not going to allow criminals to work free; we will pursue them diligently until we arrest all and security officers mandated to protect people should perform their duties,” she said urging the mourners to volunteer information that would ease investigations.

Other leaders who spoke at the ceremony urged the county senator to lobby for a disarment exercise to be carried out in the area.

Chepkonga argued that some leaders were already politicizing the issue by alleging that certain people were involved in upsurge in insecurity.

Earlier on leaders from Sabaot community warned the county politicians to stop associating members of a certain ethnic tribe with the recent killings and attacks in the county.

Led by Jonas Kuko, a former Saboti Parliamentary aspirant, and Dorothy Cherop, a Kitale political activist, cautioned that blaming a particular community might spark ethnic hatred.

“Insecurity issues are a serious concern and should not be trivialized,” said Kuko yesterday in Kitale.

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