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KNCHR asks Joseph Boinnet to restore security in Baringo

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has asked the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to ensure that security is maintained in Baringo.

The chairperson, Ms Kagwiria Mbogori, said it is absurd that the locals are affected by both drought and insecurity.

“Some parts of the country are facing drought as armed raiders continue to terrorise already vulnerable communities with impunity,” Ms Mbogori said.

On the same breath, the agency appealed to security personnel to observe human rights as they conduct operations.

Ms Mbogori observed that cases of torture and unnecessary damage to civilian properties have previously been reported.

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She also took the police to task over the possession of illegal firearms, saying that Yatya, Chemoei, Cheptesin and Kagir areas are the worst hit.

“Despite disarmament efforts by the government, criminals continue to patrol the county with guns, further poking questions in our security agencies’ readiness and capability,” she said.

On Friday, the Kenya Red Cross appealed to the president to resolve the county’s security.

“This conflict in Baringo County has gone on for far too long. Small children are displaced, separated from their families as we talk here today. This shouldn’t be happening in our beautiful country in this day and age,” KRCS secretary-general Abbas Gullet said.

According to Dr Gullet, Baringo is among 23 counties worst hit by drought and the conflict between the Pokot and Marakwet communities is making humanitarian work difficult.

Ms Mbogori urged the county leadership to make sure all locals have access to basic needs to prevent loss of life.

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