Residents of Baringo should brace themselves for a tougher year ahead after the county government moved to establish a law court to enforce by-laws.
According to Governor Stanley Kiptis, Baringo County Government will from early next year establish a local court to enhance revenue collection as well as regulate residents’ conduct.
“I have instructed the County Attorney to draft an MOU with the Kabarnet High Court so they can operationalize the court, the Judge has already promised to second a magistrate to the court,” said the Governor.
Kiptis said his office will hire two lawyers to work in the court alongside the county attorney.
At the same time the governor called on the county security team to arrest illicit brew dealers who have been disposing tones of used brew bottles in the forests across the county.
“The alcohol is destroying our economy and our peoples’ reproductive system thereby affecting our future population,” complained the governor.
He blamed liquor licensing committees for giving too many liquor licenses which are detrimental to the society’s development.
“A town like Kabarnet has 200 licensed pubs, Emining has over 20, I am going to engage youths to tackle the menace,” said the governor.
On health workers strike, the governor said they have confirmed 132 health workers and had agreed on a return-to-work formula.
“I am appealing to the doctors, nurses and clinical officers to consider the plight of the people, bearing in mind the Covid-19 situation,” said the government.
He added that promotions have been hampered by lack of adequate finances and appealed to them to assist the society
The Governor made the remarks at Kabarnet town during a food distribution exercise for the vulnerable members of the community.
The food donated by German friends through city partnership with Hurth City in Germany targets the vulnerable members like the disabled and poor families during this festive season.
The partnership that started in 1988 has so far led to the construction of two secondary schools, County Assembly building, and fire stations among many other donations.
Leaders present called for strengthening of ties with the city for more development projects.
By Christopher Kiprop