- Do the 5 lives lost in Kakongu and thousands of livestock stolen mean anything to the government in the face of what we have just witnessed.
- Would the same happen elsewhere? Would security be withdrawn if a police officer is killed in Nairobi, Kiambu, Eldoret, Marakwet or Mombasa? What's the implication therefore for the people of Turkana? Are we lesser citizens? Does the constitution protect us equally? Is the colonial policy still in place- one that defined regions as high potential versus low potential; dorminant versus subordinate, open versus closed districts e.t.c
- Government security should not be seen to be taking sides with any of the warring communities. Withdrawing security from one and leaving the other is one such indicator.
- We demand to know who killed the policeman at Nakwamoru, who killed the 5 people in Kakongu and who stole the livestock. The police should handle the situation and not run away from their responsibility. Let them be reminded of the adage - "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."
- Finally, long term solution?
- Intensify state security in all the security hotspots which are already mapped out.
- The government should sort out the border issue on the ground. This is critical because the conflict is resource-based with each community protecting its land for access to pasture and water.
- The government to tame and put to task local politicians who are fueling conflict to gain personal political mileage. These people are also known. They are always captured on media telling country how far their land stretches. They mobilise and incite communities as well as fund these activities. Government is intelligent and powerful enough to handle this.
March 22, 2014