Judith Kemei and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe
Deputy President William Ruto has assured residents along the Kerio Valley that the government will eradicate the cattle rustling menace in the region. “The government will accomplish this task. It is something we want to end once and for all to pave way for development. There will be no mercy on cattle rustlers,” said Ruto.
Speaking during the 5th Kimalel Cultural Festival and Goat Auction in Baringo county yesterday, the DP told leaders from the Kerio Valley to show their seriousness by speaking in one voice in the fight against the menace.
Ruto said it is primitive for the region to continue witnessing outdated practice when people in other parts of the country are busy engaging in income generating activities aimed at improving their lives.
The Deputy President said leaders from Turkana, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu and West Pokot counties must work together by supporting government efforts in finding lasting solution to the problem.
“It will be a failure on the part of leaders from this region if cattle rustling will continue. We must account for what we are doing as far as issues of security is concerned,” he said. Ruto stressed the need to upgrade livestock market, adding that promoting food security and reducing extreme poverty in Asal regions is a key priority for the government.
“As a government, we intend to help pastoral communities increase their adaptive capacity and resilience to produce high quality agricultural and livestock produce,” he said. Senate Leader of Majority Kipchumba Murkomen said plans were underway for leaders to come together and explore ways of arresting cattle rustling activities in the region.
Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago, who is the chairman of the North Rift Economic Block, promised to mobilise his counterparts among other leaders to search for lasting peace on the menace.