27 Jan, 2021 06:00 am

Kenya: Leaders Clash Over Kapedo Security Operation

Leaders from insecurity-prone counties in the North Rift have clashed over the ongoing operation in Kapedo on the border of Baringo and Turkana, a move that is likely to jeopardise the ongoing disarmament.

"The declaration will ensure every effort is put in place to eliminate the group that has been terrorising Laikipia West, Baringo South, Baringo North, Marakwet East, Turkana East and Turkana South Sub Counties.MPs James Lomenen (Turkana South), Mohammed Lokiru (Turkana East) and John Lodepe (Turkana Central), who were trapped in Kapedo last week, said the bandits are well-funded.Turkana leaders led by Governor Josphat Nanok yesterday said they are supporting the ongoing security operation because the Turkana community is not fighting with their Pokot neighbours, but instead there are terrorists on a mission to kill civilians and police.I am pleased with the ongoing security operation," the governor said.

Pokot leaders have, however, urged the government to halt the ongoing security operation and give dialogue a chance.Led by West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo, the leaders urged the government to conduct peace meetings and negotiate with locals instead of using force.

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