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Kericho County Commissioner assures residents of adequate security

Kericho County Commissioner assures residents of adequate security


Sunday June 2, 2024

KNA by Dominic Cheres / Sharon Cheruiyot

The Kericho County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo has disclosed that the recent series of criminal acts within Kapsoit and Kipsitet areas in the County were a boda boda rider lost his life and two other people injured has been linked to a terrorist gang operating between Kisumu City and Oyugis area in Nyanza region.

Mr Kitiyo said that the gang terrorising the residents of Kerichowas not from the locality and were in police uniform.

Mr Kitiyo who was addressing this year’s 61st Madaraka day celebrations whose theme was ‘’agriculture and food security” at Kipsitet market in Kericho today assured the residents that the directorate of Criminal Investigation DCI were in pursuit of the gang and soon the culprits will be arrested and prosecuted.

The CC who read the president’s speech on Madaraka day appealed to the public to assist the authorities in the area by volunteering vital information on matters of security saying that the police or security officers cannot fully provide security to all people without their input as the criminals are living in their midst.

On illicit brews the CC said that the vice was still rampant in the area and urged the members of the public to avoid taking the brews since they were hamful to their health, noting that many are in need of undergoing rehabilitation in a bid to regain the past health.

Mr Kitiyo publicly read out the names of the notorious illicit brewers in the area and warned them that the long arm of the law would soon catch up with them if they do not abandon the graft.

He directed the chiefs and their assistants to follow the individuals who were behind illicit brewing.

The CC while answering the local residents’ appeal for the formation of Soin sub-County independently from Soin Sigowet sub county, Mr Kitiyo urged them to follow the normal procedures through a request from the leaders meeting and forward the request for consideration.

On climate change he emphasised on the presidential directive to Kenyans to grow more than Sh15 billion trees in the next 10 years to come in order to improve on containing climate change in the Country adding that communities should jointly work in unionism in growing more trees.

On teenage pregnancies and early marriages, the CC revealed there have been incidents of school going girls having been impregnated by boda boda riders forcing them to drop out of school, warning the culprits that they will soon be apprehended and charged according to the law.

The Kericho Governor Dr Erick Mutai who spoke at the celebrations said “In the Financial year 2022/ 2023, a total of Sh514,777,680, was used to open up 181 Kilometers of new access roads to motor-able standards across all the 30 civic wards in the County while maintaining another 307.8Kms of previously done access roads totaling to 488kms during the period under review.”

“The construction of County Aggregation and Industrial Park at Soin Sigowet sub-County will unlock the industrial potential of this previously marginalized region of Soin Sigowet and its environs. and will ease the transportation of goods and raw materials because the proposed Standard Gauge Railway will have a station in the area.” Dr Mutai.

Dr Mutai said that to alleviate the poor living conditions of vulnerable members of our society he has invested and distributed over 300,000 tea seedlings, 400,000 coffee and over 20,000 avocado seedlings to over 10,000 vulnerable families.

Further, coffee farmers have benefited from the construction of the coffee warehouse at Kipkelion coffee mill constructed by the county government of Kericho.

The event was attended by among others the Women rep Kericho Ms Beatrice Kemei, the area MP Mr Justice Kemei deputy governor Eng Fred Kirui, Kapsoit MCA Paul Chirchir Tarimbo.

Courtesy; KNA

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