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Nkaissery told to fire sluggish police officers

13 November 2015, 16:58 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nominated MP, Sarah Korere has asked Interior Cabinet Secretary to fire sluggish police officers over continued insecurity in parts of Laikipia County.

Korere also asked the Jubilee government to move with speed in disarming bandits from Samburu and Isiolo counties who have killed over 30 people in Laikipia North and West within one year and stolen over 1 000 goats and sheep.

“We have held talks with Samburu and Isiolo County leaders to resolve the matter but nothing has been achieved. I met Interior Cabinet Secretary over the issue and would like him to take action against police officers who have failed in their duties because there is no reason for them to be there,” said Korere.

The URP nominated MP reminded the government that it’s constitutionally mandated to provide security to all citizens including the affected Laikipia County residents who like other Kenyans pay taxes to be granted with adequate security.

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“Laikipia County residents feel neglected by the government. The government should take the responsibility of ensuring residents are provided with enough security and that of their livestock,” said Korere.

She particularly expressed disappointment over laxity among police officers in Laikipia County where she pointed out that 220 goats were taken away in the last two weeks by armed raiders who killed one person and another one seriously injured but no effort has been made to arrest the bandits and recover the stolen livestock.

“The stolen goats were taken to neighboring Isiolo and Samburu Counties but police officers in Laikipia and the two regions have done nothing to recover and give the animals to their owners,” said Korere.

This comes at a time when conflict over pasture is rife between Meru and Isiolo Counties. Meru residents have been victims of attacks by armed bandits from Isiolo County.

The continued killings of Meru residents and their livestock has angered the County leaders who accused the government of failure to provide security and threaten to lead the residents in taking the law in their hands against the Isiolo bandits for self-defense.   

Korere was addressing the press at Parliament Buildings.

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