DP Ruto Renews War With Security Docket During Crucial Meeting

Barely a week after his security detail was marred with controversies, leader to a downgrade, Deputy President William Ruto has once again taken the security docket head on with scathing remarks.

The second in command has hit out at the security bosses suggesting that they have politicized, and trivialized the issue of security in the Country.

Speaking during his crucial meeting with the leaders from the Gusii Community Dr. Ruto challenged the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to just focus on his area of concern.

The Deputy President went on to point the case of the Laikipia County skirmishes, assessing and noting that the clashes an indicator of lapses in the management of security systems witnessed in the country.

He noted that security in the country should be provided neutrally without any political consideration, challenging the police to strive and instill confidence in Kenyans with equal service to all.

“Police should be run impartially; the Inspector General should avoid the politicization of security work in Kenya. The moment citizens are not sure that security will be provided without political considerations then every citizen will step forward and support the security apparatus in Kenya. What is happening in Laikipia is an embarrassment for the security apparatus in Kenya, they should up their game.

“Police should strive to inspire confidence in Kenyans that they will be served equally, their political affiliations notwithstanding,” Dr. Ruto stated.

The Laikipia case has seriously deteriorated to the level of local political leaders being accused of fueling by way of financing the the ongoing skirmishes.

So far Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket and former Laikipia North lawmaker Mathew Lempurkel had been arrested for questioning in connection with the insecurity witnessed in the region.

Lempurkel was arrested yesterday at his Rongai County home during an early dawn raid and taken to the DCI headquarters at the Kiambu Road for questioning, while the Tiaty legislator was later taken to Nakuru’s DCI offices.

Lempurkel’s arrest came at a time when Rift Valley Regional Commander George Natembeya announced that four people had so far died due to the unrest in parts of the now volatile Laikipia County.

“Four people have lost their lives. Three among them are police officers and this was before we began the operation to arrest the situation,” Natembeya stated.

On Monday September 6, 2021, the National Security Council held a meeting to discuss the deteriorating state of security in parts of Laikipia County especially the area around the Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs experiencing the heavy insecurity.

Speaking shortly after the meeting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that insecurity in the region was on the rise, due to the rampant cases of cattle rustling currently taking place in the region.

The National security council attributed the rise in insecurity at the conservancy to competition for water and pastures among the neighboring pastoralist communities in the region.

The Council also highlighted the increase in illegal gun ownership suspected to be from foreign officers camping and training in the region as a contributing factor to the rising insecurity, with the authorities crying foul that their weapons are much sophisticated.

The Conservancy and its environs is declared a disturbed and high risk zone and therefore a security operation zone, with the region placed under dusk to dawn curfew, in an attempt to curb the rising insecurity in the county.

“A security operation commences immediately to flush out all the illegal occupants of the Laikipia Nature Conservancy and its environs with a dusk (6 pm) to dawn (6 am) curfew being declared with immediate effect,” the statement read in part.

“All leaders including politicians, public officers, businessmen and others who have illegally moved their livestock into the conflict zone to remove the same from there within the next 48 hours,” the statement added.

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    Written by Fred Orido

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