Leaders resolve to bring sanity to volatile regions.
Leaders from Laikipia, Baringo, Samburu and West Pokot counties have resolved to end insecurity in the region.
During a security meeting convened in Nyahururu town, in which the press was barred, the leaders said insecurity had hindered positive development in the areas.
Speaking on their behalf after the meeting which lasted for about ten hours, the host and Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi noted that a practical and relevant approach was required to end the persistent menace.
“We have formed several committees to address relevant and practical issues to end insecurity in these regions,” Muriithi said.
He added that security was key to rapid, meaningful and social economic development in the counties.
The Governor said they will involve the public at the grassroots in all approaches to ensure a permanent solution to peace was found.
Earlier, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi said it was important that the national government engage local leaders in addressing the security problem in the devolved units.
“What the national government is doing is not always right, there is need to fully engage the local leaders in solving the problem,” Moi said.
Moi added “As leaders were are committed to ensure peace prevails in our areas”.
He said the residents should be given alternatives to change their lives for the better and stressed the need to respect the rule of law.
The government has deployed military personnel in the areas to mop up illegal guns and restore security in the areas.
However, the security operation has been criticized by local people claiming they were being harassed unnecessarily by security forces.
West Pokot Governor Prof John Loyangapuo, area Senator Samuel Pogisio, Samburu Women Rep Moison Leshomo, several Mps and MCAs and top security agencies in the regions attended the meeting.
By Mwangi Gaitha