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West Pokot governor demands pay for Police Reservists

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY MARRYANN CHAI

West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin has promised to collaborate with the national government to ensure that the Kenya Police Reservists are paid to avoid misuse of government weapon in illegal activities.

Kachapin was speaking yesterday during the official opening of West Pokot county assembly. He said the KPR have played a major role in restoring peace in the county and they deserve to be paid for their efforts.

“The KPR should be given some allowances to up lift their living standards and to avoid misusing government guns in criminal activities,” he said.

He also pledged to work with the national government to increase the number of KPRs in insecure places to help in uniting the conflicting communities.

The governor said the previous method used by the government has been using to restore peace in conflicting communities has not yield fruits and it should change it approach.

“The military way the government has been using to restore peace in pastoralist community has not brought any meaningful change and it should change,” he said.

Kachapin made the remarks

The governor said he will work together with national government to open up national and international markets for the natural resources found in the area to increase the revenue of the county.

“This county has various untapped resources that we need to market to attract investors and open industries,” he said.

Kachapin said industrial sector in the county will create 15,000 jobs to youths and women who are jobless, reduce poverty levels and increase economy of the county

West Pokot senator John Lonyangapuo  who was present asked assembly members to enact appropriate laws that will help residents that elected them to the house.

Lonyangapuo asked them to put them political affiliations aside and instead eliminate corruption and create conducive environment for business community.

He asked the house to ban all illegally licenses acquired by investors to mine mineral in the area and come up with laws that will regulate sand harvesting in the area.