Counties invest Sh200m in major security project

Four North Rift county Assemblies have agreed to fund a Sh200 million joint development project aimed to tame runaway cattle rustling and banditry in the areas.

The project is part of the sustainable measures adopted to address insecurity in the region.

Each of the four counties, which have been rocked by livestock, water and pasture-related conflicts will contribute Sh50 million to start the project seen to help bring peace in the region.

Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Turkana and Baringo MCAs resolved to pass a supplementary budget to allocate money for the joint project.

         Crumbling projects

Speaking during a four-hour meeting in Eldoret town on Saturday, the MCAs said they would work together to enhance peace through joint development projects.

Led by Baringo County Assembly deputy Speaker Francis Rop, the leaders said the Sh200 million pledges by the Assemblies was a show of commitment to stamp out the insecurity menace.

He lamented that mega projects funded by the National government, which are aimed at empowering the communities in the region, have crumbled because of frequent incidents of attacks.

Rop cited the construction of a multi-million-shilling mango processing plant as one of the projects that have failed to take off.

“We want to initiate various community projects in volatile areas to supplement the national government’s efforts to address the perennial attacks that have led to loss of  lives and displacement of families,” he said.

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