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Ward reps want guns

02 May 2013, 13:41 James Kabotia

Members of Laikipia County assembly have urged the national government to give them licenses to acquire guns following increased cases of insecurity in the county.

The 15 ward representatives were contributing to a debate tabled in the county assembly meeting by the security and home affairs committee chairman Dan Ndegwa where they said it is prudent for them to carry guns.

Ndegwa who is the Olmoran ward representative lamented that Members of parliament, county governors and their deputies have been given armed police body guards and thus they also deserve to carry firearms.

He however said they are not asking for body guards, arguing that it might be so hectic for the government.s

“Mr Speaker, last week my neighbor was attacked by cattle rustlers who fired several times in the air before disappearing with his livestock. If he was armed, he could have saved the animals,” said Ndegwa.

The sentiments were echoed by Githiga ward representative Peter Thomi and his Sosian counterpart Jacob Edung.  

At the same time, Edung urged the government to reinstate the Kenya Police Reservists in Laikipia, saying that they have managed to contain cattle rustling in Samburu, Baringo and Isiolo counties.

Several people have been killed and others injured in the county in the recent past by cattle rustlers who also stole hundreds of livestock.

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