WANT IG TO RESIGN

Ruto allies now train guns on Mutyambai after Laikipia skirmishes

DP allies say suffering and killings have demonstrated the incompetence of the police.

In Summary

• The 13 lawmakers accused the police of laxity in the violent conflict in Laikipia and the humanitarian suffering it has caused.

• Led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome, the lawmakers said the humanitarian suffering and killings have demonstrated the incompetence of the police.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai during a meeting of top police commanders on September 2, 2021 in Nairobi.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai during a meeting of top police commanders on September 2, 2021 in Nairobi.
Image: NPS

A section of MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto now wants the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to resign over the Laikipia skirmishes and killings.

The 13 lawmakers accused the police of laxity in the violent conflict in Laikipia and the humanitarian suffering it has caused.

Led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome, the lawmakers said the humanitarian suffering and killings have demonstrated the incompetence of the police.

"The Inspector-General of Police Service must take responsibility for the disastrous situation in Laikipia and resign," said Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.

Laikipia Senator John Kinyua said it is time the government deploy the military to contain the situation.

"The work of any government is to protect its people, if it cannot protect its people then what else can it do?" Kinyua said.

The leaders spoke on Thursday at Parliament buildings.

The government on Wednesday said it will resettle all the victims of banditry attacks in Laikipia county even as it apprehends criminal gangs and politicians said to be inciting residents to violence.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said the government was dealing firmly with the criminal elements who were terrorising residents of the Olmoran area in Laikipia and other parts of North Rift.

Matiang’i said already, security on the ground had been contained and security officers had taken full control of the situation.

He, however, said there were some people being targeted by law enforcers for what he termed punitive action.

“We will crush them. It is only a matter of days and you will see how we will deal with them. These elements who were out to spoil the prevailing peace and stability in the region will not have space in our country anymore,” the CS said.

He also cautioned politicians against inciting communities against each other in the name of election campaigns, saying as a security team, they will not give room for that to happen.

The CS told those involved in banditry to either surrender or face the law.

Edited by D Tarus