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Holders of illegal firearms in Turkana and neighbouring regions will be shot dead if they don’t surrender them, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned.
The President issued the stern warning in Turkana county yesterday when he flagged off the transportation of oil from Ngamia 8 Well in Lokichar, Turkana South constituency.
He said owning illegal arms was unacceptable and his administration would do everything possible to ensure the disarmament exercise worked.
“Those who own the illegal firearms should surrender them as soon as possible. If they do not return the arms, utarudi nyumbani ukiwa kwa sanduku (you will be taken home in a coffin),” he warned.
He asked Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok to work hand in hand with his West Pokot counterpart John Lonyangapuo in ensuring a lasting solution to insecurity is arrived at.
“I do not need to be there. Why should people keep fighting? We want lasting peace and I know local leaders can help us get a lasting solution” said Uhuru.
He said he had ordered for the deployment of more officers to Kapedo in Turkana East, which has had perennial insecurity cases.
“We will not allow people to continue disturbing the peace and rights of other Kenyans. The teachers will also be protected so that they can educate our children for the sake of their future.”
Last month bandits killed four people as they travelled to Kapedo from Ameiyan in Baringo.
The President’s directive was lauded by Turkana East MP Mohammed Ali who called for the construction of better roads which he said would deter attacks by bandits.
“We need good roads from Kapedo to Nakuru to improve on security,” said the legislator.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen called on leaders to continue preaching peace and urged the President to take action on leaders who incite people against each other.