LEADER

EDITORIAL: Marsabit mayhem must be resolved

An election is looming and any case of insecurity must be nipped in the bud

In Summary

• Despite calls by MPs and the county government Uhuru and his lieutenants in charge of security have not bothered to take action to stop the killings or even make arrests.

• This silence or indifference from the very people entrusted with national security doesn't help in bringing peace.

Victims of Marsabit banditry attack buried on November 5, 2021
Victims of Marsabit banditry attack buried on November 5, 2021
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Marsabit county has not known peace for the entire year.

Every so often, scores of innocent people are shot and killed by terrorists not because they did anything wrong, but because of their tribe.

The saddest part is that national leaders and those at local level have perfected the art of burying their heads in the sand and pretending all is fine.

The senseless and barbaric killings have become normal. The silence has emboldened the deranged criminals, who have arrogated unto themselves the power of life and death. 

Despite calls by MPs and the county governmentPresident Uhuru Kenyatta and his lieutenants in charge of security have not bothered to take action to stop the killings or even make arrests.

This silence or indifference from the very people entrusted with national security doesn't help in bringing peace. Instead, it plants in people’s minds a sense of neglect which spawns revenge.

Although Marsabit is miles away from Nairobi, the centre of power, it is still in Kenya.

An election is looming and any case of insecurity must be nipped in the bud.

Uhuru took an oath to protect his citizens but the Marsabit killings give an impression that nobody cares.

The President must take his security team to task so they stop sleeping on the job.

In the latest tragic case six people were mowed down with bullets and a survivor has told news reporters he can recall one of the killers.

The police must move in and stop the mayhem and restore public confidence.