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Nakuru Human Rights Defenders fault government over escalating insecurity in Laikipia

They once again put the government to task over what they termed is failure to provide long-lasting solutions instead adopted a reactionary approach resulting in human rights violation.

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Members of the Nakuru Human Rights Network addressing members of the press in Nakuru on Friday concerning the escalating insecurity in Laikipia.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Human Rights Defenders Network has faulted the government over the escalating insecurity and the resultant humanitarian crisis in Ol-moran, Laikipia West in Laikipia County.

The Network noted that it was disturbing that  the violent attacks by alleged bandits have so far claimed lives of 8 innocent citizens including those of three police  officers who were on duty besides paralyzing normalcy in the area.

The defenders faulted the government following the revelation by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya that the skirmishes are part of political scheme to occasion mass transfer ahead of 2022 general elections and that the police are ill- equipped to decisively quell the attacks.

Led by Masese Kemunche from Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance, the defenders noted that  the country’s ‘distinct history’ of politically instigated tribal clashes and expressed worry that the current situation may as well as  be a precursor to violence ahead of 2022 polls.

They once again put the government to task over what they termed is failure to provide long-lasting solutions instead adopted a reactionary approach resulting in human rights violation.

“That the government has failed to provide long-lasting solutions but has often adopted a reactionary approach which has resulted in human rights violations informing loss of lives, community balkanization , blanket condemnation, arrest and brutalization of innocent civilians” stated Masese.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Nakuru Human Rights Defenders now want President Uhuru Kenyatta to pronounce himself on the violence and the position of the government as regards the political linkage to the violence and tone down his political rhetoric and involvement in succession politics which they noted is escalating tension in the country.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday, they urged the government to immediately deploy adequate, well equipped and facilitated security teams to the hotspots to quell the violence.

Ms Triza Ombewa from Midrift Human Rights Network called on the security agencies to act speedily and decisively to arrest all those behind the skirmishes adding that the arrest of the two politicians in connection to the same is a step in the right direction.

She also called for in-depth investigations into the sources of the sophisticated weapons being used by the attackers in Ol-Moran and to take stern legal actions, but refrain from brutalizing innocent Kenyans.

“Nobody should be spared until normalcy is restored in Laikipia and any other part of the country that may be experiencing tension and skirmishes” said Ombewa.

Sentiments echoed by David Kuria, convener Nakuru Human Rights Defenders Network who wondered why the government was unable to trace how the sophisticated weapons were entering into the country.

Kuria put the government to task noting that it has taken long for the issue of banditry attacks, killings to be addressed.

“The government should up their game and investigate how sophisticated weapons are making their way into the country” he said.

On his part, Midrift Human Rights Network CEO Joseph Omondi called on the government to play its mandate of ensuring security  for all Kenyans by addressing the issue of bandits, militia groups that are terrorizing innocent citizens.

He noted the essence of police reforms was to ensure that a police service that is well equipped in the country.

According to Omondi, there is a need for mapping the country so that special zones that have perennial insecurity issues should be policed differently.

Omondi also challenged the National Security Intelligence Service to up their role in helping detect and avert incidents of insecurity.

“We need to start mapping this country so that some areas that have insecurity issues can now be policed differently. We are also saying let the intelligence service up their way of doing things” said Omondi.

Sentitments echoed by Mwangi Muraya from CEDGG who called on Kenyans not to give up in demanding for their rights among them security from the government.

He added, “government must lead from the front in addressing the root cause of the vicious circle of violence in the larger Rift Valley Region and investigations carried out on individuals funding the banditry activities and action taken in accordance with the law” said Muraya.

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Kalonzo hints at One Kenya Alliance leadership by October

The Wiper Leader who met and held consultative meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also called on political leaders to maintain peace ahead of the polls.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.PHOTO/NGPU.

Wiper Democratic Movement Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has revealed that the leadership of One Kenya Alliance will be unveiled soon.

Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday, Kalonzo said by the end of October, the direction of the One Kenya Alliance will be known.

“I am sure that by the end of October we shall have known the leadership and way forward for One Kenya Alliance ahead of the 2022 polls” he said.

The Wiper Leader who met and held consultative meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also called on political leaders to maintain peace ahead of the polls.

According to Kalonzo, leaders should shun  politics of division but instead focus on making Kenya a better nation.

“We need to focus on uniting this country.We cannot destroy this beautiful country” said Kalonzo.

On his part Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui noted that Nakuru is at the heart of any national politicians.

He called on those seeking elective positions to ensure peaceful campaigns.

“Our county plays a great role in the economy and politics of the country. We are committed to peaceful elections, tolerance and coexistence. As we approach elections, I urge those seeking positions not to disrupt the lives of Kenyans but conduct their campaigns peacefully.

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MCA Mbae:2021 International Day of Peace is a reminder how much we need peace towards 2022 polls

It should be noted that Dr.Mbae who is also an expert in matters peace and reconciliation has sponsored the Nakuru County Peace Bill.

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Kabazi MCA Dr Peter Mbae at a past presser.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

This 2021 International Day of Peace is a reminder how much we need peace towards the general elections next year, Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has said.

In a statement to Newsrooms,Mbae said peace is key before, during and after the 2022 polls.

“As we mark this day,we should be reminded of how peace is key even as we head to 2022 polls” said Mbae.

He added that this is also time that leaders should focus on saving Kenyans from mental illness occassioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on the national government to ensure it  avails enough vaccines to the most needy in the villages.

It should be noted that Dr.Mbae who is also an expert in matters peace and reconciliation has sponsored the Nakuru County Peace Bill.

“I have sponsored the Nakuru county Peace Bill as my contribution to peace. I undertake to make and pursue peace in all my areas of influence” he said.

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Nakuru residents join the world in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful 2022 polls

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

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Some of the partners of the International Peace Day celebrations in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Residents of Nakuru county on Tuesday joined the World in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful elections taking centre stage.

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

In an interview with this writer,Rani called on residents of Nakuru county and Kenya as a whole to be peace ambassadors.

Speaking at the event,peace ambassador and Kisii County Police Commander Francis Kooli reiterated the need for every Kenyan to embrace peace even as the nation prepares for 2022 general elections.

The officer noted that without peace no development can be realized.

He added that there are numerous government projects that have been initiated in the country and can only be completed when there is peace.

Kooli once again appealed to the youths to avoid being used by politicians to cause havoc in the country.

“As security agents in the country we also appeal for peace.Let us all be peace ambassadors even as we gear towards 2022 polls.No development can be realized when there is no peace” said Kooli.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru County CEC for  Finance Dr.Peter Kityenya who noted that lack of peace affects everyone.

While calling for collaboration among all sectors to ensure peace, Kityenya called on youths to keep themselves busy by using various opportunities and funds that the county government of Nakuru has set aside for them.

“We all have a role to ensure peaceful country.Youth in Nakuru should use the opportunities set aside by county government to empower themselves” he said.

Director Youth affairs Josephat Kimemia called for need to sensitize young people on matters peace and the need to empower the same.

He added that idleness among young people has always led them to criminal activities interfering with peace in society.

While revealing that Sh.162 million has been set aside for the youth in Nakuru, Kimemia urged parents to also engage their children so as to avert engaging in criminal activities.

The event was also attended by President Rotary Club of Nakuru Joab Okello who decried the displacement of people that has always been witnessed due to political conflicts.

“We need all stakeholders on board to engage on peace initiatives.If our youth are engaged, then they will not be used by politicians to cause havoc” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Tobias Orwa from Tobias Foundation.

Orwa noted that youth are vulnerable and that is why the politicians take advantage of them

“We are telling youths to shun being used as we head to 2022 polls” said Orwa.

 

 

 

 

 

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