Nov 28, 2021

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George Natembeya: How we will end cattle rustling

It is actually true that the government has re-registered licensed gun owners. It was not actually intended to dispose of illegally owned firearms, but rather to formalize the process for those who possess firearms.

Some of them have obtained these firearms through the right processes, but you can also find a file in the arms office that is used by several people. You will also find that a person has more than five firearms that you don’t really need. So that’s what we did.

The problem that has arisen in these areas is due to illegal firearms. What we are doing is voluntary disarmament because violent disarmament is actually frowned upon by the law. Individuals in possession of illegal firearms were asked to give them up voluntarily. We have had some success especially in Turkana South and West Pokot, where we now have peace.

We also saw firearms being handed in in Baringo. Not very many, but around 100, which is a drop in the bucket given the number of firearms held by civilians. And that remains our task for the time being. We want to see if we can find a window that will allow us to forcibly disarm, as this voluntary firearm surrender does not work.

Given the many security challenges in A proposal for direct involvement of local governors on the county’s security committees has been proposed in the volatile areas of the Rift Valley region. How is it possible to carry out this plan without interfering with the security structure of the national government and the security apparatus and formations involved? Dan Murugu, Nakuru

National security is not a delegated role and therefore governors cannot participate directly in the security architecture. In terms of the structure we have from the National Security Council to the Site Committee for Peace and Security, the county governments play no role. But in areas where a local security committee feels it requires the involvement of the governor or the county government, there is room for co-optation.

But there is a police oversight agency District this is set by law and is reluctant to implement by many governors as security issues are quite emotional. And since most of these governors are politicians, they find it a bit uncomfortable because they like to please everyone, and in security you can’t please everyone.

< strong> When you took office as the chairman of the Rift Valley Regional Security Committee, you promised to end the threat posed by the rustling of the cattle. Why is the vice still rampant, does that mean that our security apparatus is overwhelmed? Andrew Maranga Ratemo, Nairobi

I firmly believe that I kept my promise because when I came here there were groups and the other would invade communities, steal animals, kill and maim people. We have been able to reduce the number of these incidents.

Second, the number of people who are still involved in such criminal activities has decreased. You can only find two or three bandits going away with three or four goats. And whenever these things happen, the recovery rate is also very high.

In some areas, stock theft is completely eliminated. We have few cases especially in parts of Baringo, especially Baringo South. It has taken some time to completely eradicate the stock theft threat due to the large number of illegal firearms that we were unable to obtain due to legal restrictions.

Those Who have followed you from a department official to an assistant to the late Home Secretary John Michuki to the regional commissioner agree that you are an organized crime specialist. From the shutdown of FGM in Maasai land to Mungiki in Murang’a, among others. What is your secret? Mwangi Lincoln, Murang’a

Commitment. Just dedication to the job, analyzing problems that are prevalent in every station I’ve worked on, and getting to the root of those problems. That is why you will go to a place and find that it is very quiet. But what happened is that people have been reporting problems for a long time. You find that citizens are getting used to these problems. What I usually do, I always try to find a permanent solution to these problems. I don’t think Kenyans should get used to problems.

We have government apparatus and I was fortunate to have the support of my superiors in Nairobi, and God has motivated and for that too good health been on my side. I don’t take it for granted. I have been able to build very good teams that are thriving. The people also gave us a lot of support. Even areas that were not very open to security information for fear of security are now being abandoned by the criminals.

Recently the national government ordered the Closing down small police posts with fewer than six officers and yet some of these posts have really helped reduce insecurity in some areas. Some of these posts were the work of churches that even donated land. Some criminals have already been taken advantage of to terrorize innocent people. What was the reason for this dangerous and strange decision and can it be reversed? Seth Mwangani, Eldoret

This was a unilateral decision by the National Police Service. It was informed by the fact that with so few officials, some of these cattle theft areas and areas prone to terrorist activity could not even protect themselves.

Hence with the limited staff available it was advisable to just close it. But as chairmen of regional security committees we interfered very much and advised the government and that decision was reversed. It is currently not being implemented.

Your tenure as District Commissioner of Narok has put you in the public spotlight, especially your tough stance on restoring the Mau Forest. What lessons have you learned from this experience as the world grapples with the effects of climate change? Do you regret any of your decisions? Komen Moris, Eldoret

The most important lesson I learned during this particular assignment was that politicians believe they can do anything. This is wrong. And sometimes, when you do something good, the chances are that you will find yourself alone.

During this time I was almost abandoned. But I looked at the future benefits of protecting this forest so that I wouldn’t mind anything that could happen. And you can now see the benefits of this: The Masai Mara Game Reserve is alive and well and the people even in Narok East are getting clean water.

I have no regrets about them operation performed by us. The only thing I regret is that there are people who have been scammed into buying land in a place where land wasn’t for sale, and our attempts to get these characters into the book have been frustrated by people, that should help us. Otherwise, environmental protection is important to me.

Sir, can you assure the residents of Laikipia County that they will vote in August 2022? to return home and continue their normal life without fear of disturbance? Stephen Mwaniki, Rumuruti

As I said before, 90 percent of the people in Laikipia live at home. You will vote. Your life has never been disturbed. As I said, the small population living in this troubled area of ​​Kirima Subdistrict is returning to normal and they will vote with no problem.

The challenge was a bit difficult When we started because, as I said, the government presence was very poor. The problem had been underestimated by previous governments. But now I believe there are enough numbers to counter any security threat.

I want to reassure the people of Laikipia as a whole that they are returning to a normal life like any other Kenyans elsewhere .