• Lenguris said the government needs to come in and use force to drive out the bandits.
• She added that the government needs to find a way to navigate the terrain that is aiding the bandits to hide from security personnel.
Samburu Women Representative Pauline Lenguris has said engaging in peace talks at this juncture will not help to stop banditry in the northern region.
Lenguris who was speaking to Citizen Tv on Tuesday said the government needs to come in and use force to drive out the bandits who are using the region to propel their attacks.
“Where it has reached now, I think the peace meetings cannot work. The government needs to come into force because those people have formed a militia. You know they are taking advantage of the terrain, a terrain that they’ll only see you but you cannot see them,” Lenguris said.
She highlighted that efforts should be undertaken by the government to find a way to navigate the terrain that is aiding the bandits to hide from security personnel.
“What the government needs to do is they should explore ways of creating a movement into the valley because if you cannot access these guys, no one else can go into the wild apart from themselves,” she said.
In addition, the Samburu legislator said they will take action into their own hands in an attempt to deal with the banditry.
“So, for me, let them do what they think they can do, we have given them one week to see whether something is going to happen, if nothing will happen, then we’re going to organize ourselves as Samburu community and know what to do with those guys,” Lenguris said.
“It is becoming too much, we cannot be burying people every day. We have become poor because of just a small community called the Pokots. They have their own county, we also have our own county. We can live like neighbors peacefully.”