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“Gov’t should provide us with guns for peace to prevail, Kiunjuri on Laikipia insecurity

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  • TSP Leader Mwangi Kiunjuri says Ol Moran residents should be given guns in order to defend their cattle.
  • In the last two months, 16 people have died in banditry attacks.

The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri has asked government to deploy 10 police reservists in every village in the troubled Ol Moran, Laikipia County.

Speaking during the burial of three Mbogo-ini residents who were shot dead by armed bandits, Kiunjuri says the final resort to the protracted attacks in the region is to train and arm residents as police reservists, as they understand the terrain better.

“Enough is enough! We demand that every village be given 10 guns. We don’t want more deployment of police officers. Arm our people and they will be able to deal with these bandits,” Kiunjuri said.

In the sombre burial ceremony, thousands of mourners bewailed the government’s failure to give the unrest the urgency it deserved.

“What wrong did these young men do? How can the government tell us that we have an army on this side yet when the bandits attack they use the same route to escape?” Githiga Ward MCA Peter Thomi posed.

Guns confisticated selectively

Kiunjuri pointed out that the selective disarmament of locals left a majority prone to attacks.

“We are aware that they have guns and where they get them. It is either the government provides us with guns or we will have to organise how we will defend our people,” the former Agriculture CS added.

The latest attack left three people dead and one injured, even as armored security vehicles roamed the region.

The TSP leader proceeded to emphasize the need to establish a two kilometre buffer zone as a pre-emptive measure.

“We will create a buffer zone so that we can see our enemy coming. Tutafyeka two kilometres ndani ndio hata ngombe wetu wakiibwa tuwaone,”

Statistics have shown in the last two months,16 people have died at the hands of armed bandits in Ol Moran.

Speaking at the ceremony, Former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando encouraged Mt Kenya residents to form their own political parties.The move,he says will give them a seat at the negotiation table.

“Don’t shy from planning your political path. Kibaki and Njenga Karume taught us not to fear,” Kabando added.

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