Outgoing Baringo County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo has urged his successor not to relent in mopping up illegal firearms in the area.
Okwanyo told the incoming County Commissioner, Henry Wafula that there were more than 6,000 illegal guns still in the hands of civilians, majority of them in East Pokot that needed to be repossessed for peace and stability to be restored within and on the borders of the county.
The commissioner spoke on Friday when he took his successor on a familiarisation tour of the county headquarters offices during the handing over ceremony.
Okwanyo said the disarmament exercise launched early last year took long because they wanted the residents to voluntarily surrender the arms but so far only a few have complied with the order.
Wafula said he was up to the task and promised to tackle with speed the perennial cattle rustling and banditry menace which has given the county a bad name.
He urged local chiefs and community leaders to assist in identifying law breakers in the society so that they can be dealt with accordingly.