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Turkana leaders urge govt to declare insecurity a national disaster

24 November 2014, 11:06 Magdalyn Mwaniki

Turkana - Turkana leaders have urged the government to declare insecurity a national disaster.

Led by by Turkana South member of Parliament James Lomenen, the leaders said that the government has failed in its mandate to protect its people and that it was high time it used all means possible to stop loss of more lives.

“More than 200 lives have been lost in the last two weeks in various parts of the country and if we go by the trend, we might lose more lives by the end of the year,” said Lomenen.

He called for immediate action by intelligence officers adding that there is need for a permanent solution on the attacks by bandits and terrorists.

Lomenen, who was speaking during a meeting with Turkana students in Nakuru also urged the human rights bodies not to wait for disasters to happen in order to respond.

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He added that the human rights bodies have a role to play in preventing crimes, provision of services and offering solutions to stop the killings.

“We should stop introducing the human rights bodies once people have been killed,” he said.

He added that Turkana community remains marginalised with education and security still being a challenge in the region.

He added that the government should consider killing of bandits instead of issuing threats.

“Disarming the bandits will not offer a solution to insecurity as they have been changing positions to various parts of the country. Arresting them will help control their operations,” he added.

Lomenen added that the matter has not been accorded the required seriousness and that the matter should not be politicised.

Lomenen also advised students to ensure they make better leaders who will unite the people in the conflict areas.

Due to the continuous insecurity, education and other economic activities are halted from time to time.

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