by Robert Manyara
and Njoroge Kaburo KAKAMEGA (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government said Sunday security had
been beefed up in clash-hit Baringo County where cattle rustling
and killings have left about ten people dead and several others
injured this month.
State House spokesman Manoah
Esipisu said police records indicated that there had been no
incidents in Baringo in the last two days.
"Security has been beefed up significantly, and as you know
the deputy president was in the area only a couple of days ago
to talk to communities to launch other security-enhancing
programs," Esipisu told journalists in Kakamega during his
"Our security agents remain vigilant to deal with whatever
situation that may arise," he said, urging Baringo county
leaders to continue preaching peace and calm and asking citizens
not to interfere with humanitarian work.
His remarks came after the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) on
Saturday suspended all operations in Baringo county and withdrew
all its staff and volunteers from the restive region.
This followed confrontation with the residents that led to
looting of relief food and harassment of KRCS staff and
volunteers on Friday.
The incident took place 12 kms from Marigat town, where a
convoy of seven KRCS vehicles carrying 96.8 tonnes of relief
food including maize flour, pulses, cooking oil and salt was
blocked by the residents and forced to turn back to Marigat.
Baringo is affected by both the drought and conflict, where
KRCS has been supporting residents with monthly cash transfers,
non-food items, rehabilitation of waters sources and medical
outreaches in Baringo North, Baringo South and Tiaty sub
In addition, KRCS has been evacuating those wounded in
conflict, and supporting displaced mothers and children.
Esipisu said the government would not tolerate politicians
who incite locals to violence, adding that hate mongers would be
dealt with firmly.
Baringo residents are reportedly fleeing their homes fearing
for their safety following regular attacks by cattle rustlers
that have seen scores killed and hundreds of animals stolen.