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President orders persons with illegal firearms to surrender them

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered people with illegal firearms to immediately surrender them.

Speaking on Sunday when he flagged of trucks ferrying oil from Ngamia eight to Mombasa, the president warned that those who fail to surrender them would be disarmed forcefully.

“You will have yourself to blame for what will befall you if you are caught with illegal guns,” he said.

He was responding to concerns from Turkana county leaders who had earlier decried cases of insecurity along the Turkana, Baringo and West Pokot borders.

At the same time, the president directed leaders especially Turkana governor, Josphat Nanok and his West Pokot counterpart, John Lonyangopuo to hold talks to resolve insecurity cases.

“Leaders should not wait for me to convene a meeting they should take the initiative themselves, ” he said.

He further said the independent electoral and boundaries commission would soon be reviewing boundaries but underscored the need for communities to co-exist.

“We should look at each other as brothers and sisters and avoid killing each other in the name of cattle rustling,” he said.

The Turkana East MP, Mohammed Lokiru lauded the government for deploying more security officers at Kapedo.

“Since we met the president two weeks ago we have seen more officers deployed and the situation has stabilized,” he said.

Meanwhile, the president has announced a donation of Sh.10 million for construction of dormitories and a bus for Ngamia one secondary school, where currently students sleep in tents.

By  Peter  Gitonga

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