Ruto Fires Warning To Bandits Terrorizing Kenyans In ASAL Regions

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The Government of Kenya is keen to deal firmly with drivers of illegal arms in Arid and Semi-Arid areas.

President William Ruto said the move is necessary and urgent as it will nurture peace in these areas.

"We must bring cattle rustling, banditry, ethnic violence and other forms of insecurity to an end," he said.

He spoke during the opening of an induction workshop of the Pastoralists' Parliamentary Group at KICC, Nairobi.

President Ruto asked the MPs to be ingrained in the discourse to foster harmony and stability in Northern Kenya.

With stability, the President maintained, the region stands to move forward.

"We must press on with determination in advancing our agenda to unlock the potential of ASALs to mitigate pastoral vulnerability."

He assured the leaders of the Government's commitment to fully operationalize the Equalization Fund, a kitty that aims to provide essential services such as water and roads to marginalized regions.

"We will bring the pastoral economy into play in a decisive and transformative way," the President noted.

He said it is time the region stopped electing leaders based on their clans but on their vision, plans, and development credentials.

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