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Marigat residents demonstrate over Senator Lonyangapuo’s remarks

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A demonstration against utterances by West Pokot County Senator Prof John Lonyangapuo momentarily brought business to a standstill in Marigat Town today with over 300 residents taking to the streets to castigate the legislator for allegedly interfering with security matters in Baringo.

The residents who marched in the streets chanting ‘Arrest Lonyangapuo and Kamket” also demanded for the immediate resignation chairman of Asman Kamama from the powerful parliamentary committee on national security.

Led by Charles Kamuren (Nominated MCA) and Marigat Ward MCA Isaiah Kibowen, the residents said the people of Baringo have suffered for long in the hands of Pokot bandits and that the ongoing security operation should continue until all bandits are flushed out.

“Lonyangapuo was elected by the people of West Pokot and he has no mandate to interfere on issues which affect Baringo,” said Kamuren.

The MCA added that the senator should stay away on matters involving the ongoing security operation and also stop protecting bandits who have been causing mayhem that has for long distablized the county. 

“Why is he defending those bandits who have caused many deaths and have also impoverished our people for ages?” Kamuren posed.

The residents wondered why Tiaty MP Asman Kamama is not stepping aside to allow investigations to continue concerning the murder of the two political leaders Engineer Pepee Kitambaa and Loiyamorok MCA Kibet Cheretei. They said his continued occupation of his parliamentary committee position would hinder independent investigations into the killings.

“Where was he when our people were killed and tortured by Pokots?. When they killed a three day old baby he never talked,” questioned Ilchamus MCA Wesley Lekakimon.

Additionally he hinted that the Pokot professionals are planning to move to court to stop the security operations. “We are aware they are planning to move to court to block the operations. But we are warning them not to dare to that,” he stated.

MCA Kibowen said that for to stem out the perennial bandit attacks must continue to ensure schools to reopen and that residents of the area resume their normal lives.

This comes on the third day of the ‘Dumisha Amani‘ operation which aims at ridding parts of Baringo North, Baringo South and the Kerio Valley belt of Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet counties of badits who have terrorized the region for many years.

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