Posted: November 13, 2012 in Politics/Current issues



The killing of more than 40 police officers by bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers from a neighboring country in Baragoi; Samburu should leave us a worried lot. The act which can only be described as a massacre was an act of cowardice and should be condemned with the high terms possible.

What worries most is the fact that hyenas could have eaten some of the bodies of the police officers killed by the bandits.

It is so sad that these police officers had to dies under these uncouth circumstances. Question however remain unanswered, just how and why did these officers had to die what is the government doing to address the issue.

For a long time now, Samburu county and other areas have been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons, cattle rustling. Day in day out, residents in these areas have been waking up to attacks by cattle rustlers believed to have come from neighboring countries. The government has always remained mum about this. Despite deploying the security officers in the area, a lot more still has to be done.

The killing of the more than 40 security officers for example should send a clear message to the government that something is really wrong. Probably, there are more bodies still lying in the area yet to be discovered. The security situation in this area should be given a very thorough attention. Kenyans are not going to sit down and watch as the people they expect to protect them being killed by bandits. The internal security ministry should move in very fast and act. The reasons behind these killings should also be seriously investigated and the people behind it pursued. The arms disarmament process being undertaken in the area should be speeded to ensure no one is allowed to poses arms.

These officers have lost their protecting the lives of Kenyans and this should not be allowed to happen in future. The government should deploy more security officers, fully armed in Samburu and other pastoral areas. 

With the political temperatures now high ahead of the upcoming election, security is of utmost importance throughout the country. Such acts, like the one experienced in Samburu should be gotten rid off before they get out of hand.  Apart from campaigning, the political class should also remember that they have a duty to fulfill, which id protecting Kenyans, the people who are going to vote them in come March next year.

Nixon Kanali, Nairobi 






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