Ultimatum issued to govt to end bandit attacks
07 May 2015, 08:28
Nairobi – Senators allied to the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have threatened to call for fresh elections if the government fails to end increased cases of insecurity among pastoralist communities in the country.
The 13 senators led by CORD co-principal and the Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetang’ula accused the Jubilee government of sleeping on the job while many innocent Kenyans continue to die.
Wetang’ula said the government’s response to tackle insecurity particularly along the East Pokot and Turkana border where more than 50 people were killed in a bandit attack is wanting and that citizens are realizing the value of their taxes for the government to ensure they are secure.
“The country's security has deteriorated. The more hopeful we look into the future, the more hopeless we become yet the government is doing nothing. We are putting Jubilee on notice that if it doesn't care for the lives of Kenyans then we (CORD) who care are ready to take over leadership,” said Wetang’ula.
Wetang’ula who is also the Bungoma Senator faulted the government’s strategies of dealing with insecurity particularly the proposed perimeter wall along the Kenya and Somalia border.
“The government has failed in coming up with proper ways of dealing with insecurity and we expect to hear that a wall is going to be built along the Pokot and Turkana boarder, which is impossible, because that has been its way of dealing with insecurity,” Wetang’ula said.
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Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to invoke the constitutional powers accorded to him as the Head of State to bring calmness in volatile regions across the country.
Nominated Senator, Janet Ong’era said most victims of the Pokot - Turkana boarder clashes are women and children, thus called on the government to respond to the conflict with urgency.
“The clashes have mostly affected children and mothers. We CORD women MPs are not going to sit and watch. We are going to mobilize Kenyan women to say no to the Jubilee regime if nothing is going to be done,” warned Ong’era.
Kakamega Senator, Bonny Khalwale claimed that the laxity among security officers to deal with insecurity is due to sabotage by most senior officers who became angry after being surpassed in the appointment of Joseph Boinnet as the Inspector General of Police.
The senators were speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.
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