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Politicians warned against trivializing insecurity

01 July 2013, 18:07 Arap Yego

Leaders from the Sabaot Community in Trans-Nzoia County have cautioned politicians from the County to stop politicizing the insecurity cases that were reported recently in the area, by associating the crimes with members of a certain ethnic tribe.

The leaders led by Jonas Kuko, a former Saboti Parliamentary aspirant, and Dorothy Cherop, a Kitale political activist, warned that blaming the upsurge in crime on a particular community risks fanning ethnic hatred between the members of the public in Saboti Sub-County.

Speaking to the media in Kitale over the weekend, Kuko said insecurity issues are a serious concern and should not be trivialized.

“We as leaders should not be simplistic and be pointing fingers and apportioning blame at other people or members of a particular community for the increased crime incidents; we should instead look for solutions for problems bedeviling our people,” he said.

Kuko, who has filed a petition at the Kitale High Court challenging the election of David Wafula as the Saboti MP, warned that trivializing the security concerns may give cover to the real culprits behind the mayhem, and they may be buoyed further to continue with their criminal activities.

“Security agents may lose focus of the real thugs, if political leaders in power continue making irresponsible statements and pronouncements," said Kuko who added that they totally support the crackdown on criminals.
Dorothy Cherop said it is wrong to brand the insecurity incidents in the County, especially in Saboti Constituency as a feud between the Sabaot and Bukusu Community.

“We have had security issues in Bungoma and other parts of Trans- Nzoia County, but we have never heard that they are instigated by one tribe against the other.

A criminal is just a criminal. This one should not be made to look like an inter-tribal affair," said Cherop who unsuccessfully contested for the Trans-Nzoia County Women Representative seat in the last polls.

Trans Nzoia County has recently experienced a wave of violent robberies and vicious attacks on residents.

Last week, thugs killed four people and injured eight others in a night of terror in Muroki area.

In the 2-hour ordeal, the unknown thugs shot dead a businessman (Mr. Tindi) and abducted his wife. They later released her, but not before shooting her on the leg.

They also shot dead three neighbours who had responded to Mr. Tindi’s distress call.

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