Multiagency security team continued rolling out projects in both Laikipia and Baringo counties, a process aimed at resolving challenges that often lead to instability among pastoralist communities in the region.
On the second day of his tour in the region, General Officer Commanding Border Security Command (GOC BSC) Major General Stephen Otieno in the company of 2nd Brigade Commander Brigadier Peter Assava and Commanding Officer 5th Kenya Riffles Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Obiero visited Chesitet in Kapedo and Churo in Baringo County to assess the needs of locals.
At Chesitet locals identified Kapedo-Kangayiama and Koloruk in Kapedo as areas for dam construction.
“The main problem that affects our people is lack of water and pasture. This makes them move for long distance to neighbouring counties resulting to conflict. Kenya Defence Forces will build for us dams that will collect water during the rainy season for use in times of drought and this will help reduce movements for water end conflict in amongst us,” said Mr Joseph Lokoringiro, a resident.
“I Have had your problem and I know water shortage remains your main challenge. The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will construct modern fenced dams in those sites with tanks and designated points for you and the animals,” said Major General Otieno.
At AIC Churo Girls secondary school, residents identified security roads as their main concern and the GOC BSC assured them of KDF’s commitment to upgrade the old Kacheptuya-Marram-Kasilangwa-Nachurur road to murram standards to aid movement of people and security officers towards securing the area.
The government continues to identify measures to enhance security in Laikipia and its surroundings towards peaceful coexistence of locals.