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Kamama refutes claims linking him to cattle rustling

06 May 2015, 08:24 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – National Assembly Security Committee chairman, Asman Kamama has dismissed claims by a civil society group based in Baringo County linking him to funding cattle rustlers in the region.

The group alleges that Kamama provides funds to the bandits through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

However, Kamama, who is also the Tiaty MP, gave the group a 48-hour ultimatum to report the matter to the CID over the allegations.

He warned that he will be forced to take legal action against the group if it fails to substantiate the claims.

“I am challenging them to give information to the CID within 48 hours to enable the police to launch investigation ,” said Kamama.

 “If that does not happen, I will be asking the CID to investigate those who made the claims without giving tangible evidence,” he added.

The Tiaty MP said it was unfair for his name to be dragged in criminal activities yet he has been on the forefront in collaborating with Baringo County leaders to find a lasting solution to end cattle rustling and bring peace in the troubled region.

Also read: Security beefed up in Turkana following bandit attack

Kamama asked the government to hire and deploy the Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) in North Rift region to replace the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) officers who are unable to combat cattle rustlers.

“We have relied on ASTU for so long yet we do not find them effective in dealing with this menace. We should now consider the hiring and deployment of KPRs,” said Kamama.

He further called on the government to devise ways of taking over the command of the Suguta belt “battlefield” from bandits who have controlled it as their haven.

“This belt appears to be in total command of the bandits. Banditry appears to be the way of life there since the killing of DC Nyandoro in 1990s,” said Kamama.

 “The Government must move fast to rescue this zone from these criminals. As it is now, Suguta knows no government,” he added.

He said the government must work out on opening up the Suguta “battlefield” particularly by constructing roads in the area and deployment of security officers from the Rapid Deployment Unit to deal with the bandits.

Kamama, who was speaking a day after bloody attacks by suspected Turkana cattle rustlers on Pokot community, challenged the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery and the Inspector General, Joseph Boinnet to find the solution of securing the Suguta belt and restore peace in the zone.  

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