MP asks Pokot, Turkana communities to shun cattle rustling
08 December 2014, 11:43
Nakuru - Tiaty Member of Parliament, Asman Kamama has called on members of Pokot and Turkana communities in Baringo County to seek alternative investment initiatives and shun cattle rustling for protracting peace and economic development of the County.
Kamama, who was speaking at Chemolingot trading centre when he launched the constituency’s Uwezo Fund kitty, asked the youth to shun retrogressive cultural practices and embrace innovative investment alternatives that will foster promotion of rural industries that will create hundreds of direct employment opportunities for thousands of youth who are engaged in the heinous crimes of cattle rustling in the semi-arid region.
He cited niches in refining of honey and processing of gums and resins saying if opportunities in these ventures are fully exploited, products generated would bolster the fledgling economy of the arid areas.
He asked youth to utilize the Uwezo fund to set up viable businesses as a way of eradicating spates of cattle rustling and other forms of insecurity that have buffeted the area for decades.
The area CDF management issued a total of KES 7 Million Uwezo fund cheques to eligible 20 women and youth groups with innovative business ideas to set up businesses.
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Kamama, who is also chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Public Administration, further urged residents to educate their children in a bid to poise the County on equal economic footing with other counties in the country.
He noted that the culture of saving is a cornerstone to a progressive society and further appealed to the residents to make enough savings from gainful business enterprises and develop the quasi banking sector in the region as a way of empowering themselves economically.
He called on the opposition to desist from politicizing security issues in the country saying it is about time the opposition worked closely with the Jubilee Government and Kenyans in seeking sustainable and lasting solutions to spiraling insecurity in the country.
On his part, East Pokot Deputy County Commissioner Cornel Oliel said KDF officers deployed in the cattle rustling prone area have recovered 23 state owned firearms that were feared to be in the hands of the rustlers.
He also said police had recovered police uniforms that were reported missing and a grenade, all of which are in police custody.
The administrator said the voluntary disarmament exercise in the area will be sustained until the Loruk and Chemolingot areas are mopped of all firearms.
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