The ongoing clashes in Laikipia County continue to elicit mixed reactions with leaders across the political spectrum voicing their views over the subject.
The latest to comment on the sensitive matter that has become a hot political issue in the country is vocal Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who has accused the government of causing confusion by arresting politicians on claims of inciting violence.
The senator’s sentiments come days after former Laikipia West MP Mathew Lempurkel and Tiaty legislator William Kamket were arrested for hate speech.
Speaking on a local TV station, the first-time senator said, according to the law, the government is supposed to look for the main cause of the issue rather than arresting the politicians.
Malala said: “The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has failed us. We need to find out the main cause of the skirmishes in Laikipia County. The government will not get a way out of the issue by arresting politicians.
At the same time, Malala noted that in early 2021 he was among those who were arrested for the killings in Matungu, though they have never been formally charged in court. The senator appeared to question the arrest of Mr Lempurkel on charges of inciting violence.
The government has deployed heavy security in the volatile region after armed bandits killed many and forced hundreds of families to flee the region. Over 20 people have lost their lives and property worth millions of shillings destroyed in the chaos that have been attributed to longstanding tribal divisions.
Internal Security Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i is set to visit the area on Friday.
Photo by Senetor malala twitter.