2022 General election is fast approaching. Amid the bickering of politicians on every public platform about who is worthy of sitting on the highest office of the land, it is easy to overlook critical issues affecting locals in Kenya’s Northwestern region in the name of settling political scores among politicians. These unrests have long haunted locals for over a decade now. And yet, the government of Kenya has done very little to address the root cause of this matter.
When innocent civilians are forced out of their homes, houses torched, children forced out of school and hundreds of Kenyans losing their lives with several others including women and children having to live with scars for more than a decade of recurring violence, playing the blame-game card by politicians is an undeserving response to the people of Laikipia.
2021 invasion by the banditry, along the borders of Baringo, has left about 8 people reported to have lost their lives, 29 homes destroyed and up to 200 people have been displaced. Even as schools that had closed their doors due to the ongoing fatal clashes between the pastoralists and farming communities reopen, thorough conflict resolution strategies still need to be deliberated upon to reach an amicable and long-term solution to the security situation in Laikipia County. Unresolved pre-independence woes will more likely lead to yet another period of hostile encounters between bandits and Kenya law enforcers resulting in huge social and economic losses for locals.
In your view, what do you think the government should do to settle this matter?
Do you think 2022 election politics have anything to do with this?
Share your thoughts on the move to have two former legislatures arraigned in court for inciting violence in the county. Is the government transparent enough with the way they are approaching this matter?