Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i has asked leaders from conflict-prone Kerio Valley region to shun parochial politics and work together to end conflict in the region.
CS Matiang’i added that the region will have lasting peace only when local leaders appreciate the critical linkage between peace and economic development.
He said that on its part, the Government was committed to doing everything within its power to help find a permanent solution to perennial conflict in the area. “It was towards this end that the Government recently appointed a Special Administrator to help shepherd and coordinate peace-building process in Kerio Valley,” CS Matiang’i noted.
Dr. Matiang’i said this when he hosted leaders from Kerio Valley region for a peace-building meeting at his Harambee house office on Monday (26th February 2018).
During the meeting, CS Matiang’i was accompanied by Principal Secretary for Interior Dr. Karanja Kibicho, Deputy Head of Public Service Mr. Wanyama Musiambo, Inspector General of Police Mr. Joseph Boinnet, Secretary Internal Security Mr. Amos Gatheca and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mr. Mongo Chimwaga.
Among the leaders who attended the meeting included four governors, two senators and eight MPs from the region. The Governors present were; Josephat Nanok (Turkana County), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet County), Prof. John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot County) and Stanley Kiptis (Baringo County). Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Samuel Poghisio (West Pokot) also attended the meeting.
Speaking during the meeting, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Tolgos lauded the government’s efforts towards helping bring peace in the region. On his part, West Pokot Governor Lonyangapuo noted that drought had created serious food shortage in the area and urged the government and other well-wishers to assist with relief food as a matter of urgency.