Baringo Senator, Gideon Moi has urged leaders from the county to unite and work as a team irrespective of party affiliation to address the myriad problems facing area residents like the perennial cattle rustling and banditry.
Speaking on Wednesday when he celebrated Moi Day with children of Kabarnet School of the Deaf and Blind, Moi said it was imperative for elected leaders, clergy and elders to put aside their political differences and work together with national government administrators to preach peace and harmonious co-existence amongst warring communities in the vast county.
He took issue with leaders allied to Jubilee for constantly accusing him of favoring the Pokot community more than Tugen, maintaining that he at all-times has been leader to all communities in the county.
“It is all lies that I am favoring one community more than the others because during my entire period of leadership, I have been championing for peace so that my people stay in harmony just like other Kenyans,” said the Baringo senator.
Moi who is the KANU national chairman commended area County Commissioner (CC), Henry Wafula and his county security team for combating cattle rustling and banditry activities which he noted has negatively tainted the image of the county for decades.
“Surely since the CC reported to the county, peace and tranquility has prevailed. Internally displaced persons who have lived in camps for more than two years have managed to go back to their homes. Continue with the good work Mr Commissioner and your security team,” said senator Moi.
The Baringo Senator in the spirit of celebrating Moi day donated assorted food stuffs to the special needs children like sacks of maize, cooking fat, sugar, soaps, soft drinks and sanitary pads.
He asked Kenyans to continue celebrating the day by helping the less fortunate members of the society.
The CC in his address stated that peace meetings convened between warring communities of Pokot, Tugen and Illchamus have started to bear fruit as demonstrated by the current relative calm witnessed in the area.
He stated that even 148 internally displaced households who have been camping at Eldume have gone back to their original homes in Mukutani and Arabal areas where they were uprooted by marauding heavily armed cattle rustlers who massacred women and children two years ago.
Wafula called on all leaders starting from village elders, chiefs and other senior administrators to actively play a critical role in ensuring that the region reclaims its lost honour and dignity it had earned as county number one during the reigns of the second President Daniel arap Moi.
Other leaders who marked the day with the special needs children within Kabarnet town included Tiaty Member of Parliament, William Kamket, Kabarnet MCA, Earnest Kibet and his counterparts, Richard Rono (Barwessa) and Richard Cheserem of Saimo Soi ward.
The school head teacher, Salina Binot thanked senator Moi and his team for visiting the children and sharing with them, saying that the institution for a long time has faced myriad challenges like shortage of water, food and other basic necessities required by such children.
By Joshua Kibet