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Kamama issues 7-day ultimatum to Pokot invaders

28 April 2015, 10:39 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Tiaty lawmaker, Asman Kamama has issued a seven-day ultimatum for Pokot herders who have invaded Arabal, Komilo, Karaw and Rugus in Baringo South for grazing to vacate.

He said members of the Pokot community who had invaded the area for grazing should go back, adding that the current rains being witnessed in Baringo have helped avail grass for livestock grazing.

“After a security baraza in Makutani over the weekend with local administrators and residents, it was agreed that illegal grazing should be discouraged and that they have no excuse to stay in those areas,” said Kamama, when he addressed the media at a Nakuru hotel on Monday.

“For the last two months, there has been animosity between farmers and pastoralists that has led to a conflict resulting in fights. If they do not comply with the directive, the authorities should act to ensure that they vacate,” said Kamama, who chairs parliamentary committee on security.

“They should comply with the ultimatum waiting for the negotiations between the Baringo Governor and leaders of the neighbouring constituencies,” he said.

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At the same time, Kamama accused leaders from the Tugen community of inciting residents to fight each other, saying they should desist from making reckless utterances and instead encourage disarmament exercise in the area.

He said leaders should strive to ensure that the County is free from illegal guns instead of inciting people to acquire firearms.

He also asked the local administrators to carry out a massive enrolment exercise of children in the region to join school.

Kamama singled out leaders who spoke during the funeral of the late nominated Member of the County Assembly, Kiprono Changole, held on Saturday in Baringo County saying that some of the leaders who spoke incited residents to fight.

He called on the Inspector General of police to recruit police reservists to track down and bring to book cattle rustlers in the area.

“More reservists will hunt down the cattle rustlers who normally make successful raids and disappear on the rough terrains. The Ministry of Agriculture should also enlighten Baringo residents on how to manage grass and harvest it for dry days,” said the lawmaker.

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