Governor Josphat Nanok has called on national security agencies to crackdown on perpetrators of banditry attacks witnessed in the past three days at the border between Turkana and West Pokot counties.
Speaking during an interview with Standard Media Group reporters in his office today, the Governor insisted that security remained a core responsibility of the National Government and demanded for action by police on intelligence that the attacks were politically instigated.
“It is sad the situation is getting out of hand and Interior CS Matiangi has to take action and have to begin by going after the perpetrators of these attacks and stop those causing this impunity because if left to go scot-free then they are bound to repeat this impunity,”
“The National Government whose responsibility it is to provide security are aware of what is happening and have the intelligence to stop the attacks,” he said.
Governor Nanok added that the situation had escalated beyond possible intervention by the political leadership, after separate attacks on Kainuk and Kakong’u police posts as well as vehicles plying the Lodwar- Kitale highway.
He maintained that it was in the interest of the National Government to maintain stability in the area with planned development of national assets including oil production and other related infrastructural developments. He warned that the conflict could halt the exploitation of natural resources and prevent Kenyans from benefitting.
He cited the insecurity situation in Tiaty constituency to be the cause of conflicts in regions neighboring the area, including Turkana East, Turkana South, Marakwet South, Samburu West and North, Baringo North and South and Laikipia West constituencies.
The Governor further blamed lack of security enforcement by the National Government and poor infrastructure as hindrance to efforts to maintain security along the border areas.
On underlying issues of the conflict, the county chief mentioned the upcoming census, encroachment of Turkana land and cattle rustling attacks and retaliatory attacks to be key causes of the attacks.
He urged the media to be balanced in their reporting of the conflict and gave an example of the one-sided coverage of claims that the convoy of West Pokot Governor was attacked by police; where the claims were not corroborated by the County Commandant of Police and the County Commissioner despite being present in the press briefing.