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UDA politicians want Mutyambai out over Laikipia attacks



Kandara MP Alice Wahome [p/courtesy]

Thirteen politicians allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) are calling on the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to resign for failing to end the deadly violence and killings in Laikipia.

The lawmakers led by the vocal Kandara MP Alice Wahome accused Mutyambai of laxity in the violent conflict in Laikipia where a dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed as police fights to flash out armed herders who have attacked the region. Wahome said the manner in which the IG is handling the crisis is exposing his incompetence.

Another UDA ally, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua also called on Mutyambai to take full responsibility of the skirmishes and resign as Laikipia Senator John Kinyua challenged the State to 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 posed.

Hillary Mutyambai, Inpector-General of police in Kenya [p/courtesy]

The politicians who spoke at Parliament buildings want the government to resettle all the victims of banditry attacks in Laikipia county even as it jails rogue politicians who are inciting residents to violence.

This comes barely a week after the same bunch of politicians criticized the State and the police boss for downgrading the security details attached to the Deputy President William Ruto. The debate that followed the incident pushed DP’s Chief of Staff Ken Osinde to write to the IG as he sought explanations for the withdrawal of GSU officers from Ruto’s official residence.

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But Ruto downplayed the saga during a campaign meeting at Karen where he ‘advised’ Mutyambai to deploy the officers in areas that need serious security enforcement like Baringo and Laikipia which are under banditry attacks.

UDA allies are making their demands as Interior CS Fred Matiang’i maintains that the government is dealing with the situation and hunting down the  criminals who are terrorizing residents of the Olmoran area in Laikipia. He also claimed that security officers on the ground have taken full control of the situation.

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