by Robert Manyara
KITALE (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan
government plans to launch a massive security exercise in Kerio
Valley in northwest Kenya, a branch of the Great Rift Valley.
More than 30 people have been killed there in the past three
George Natembeya, Rift Valley regional coordinator, said the
forceful disarmament program will start soon, adding that the
government is mapping troubled areas before deployed security
forces start to retrieve illegal guns.
"We are currently mapping out the areas targeted for the
"We want to get rid of the guns from the hands of the
civilians in order to restore peace in the region," said
Areas targeted for the intended operation include six
counties of Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet,
Laikipia and Samburu.
The official noted that the government is asking leaders from
these communities to persuade their people to surrender illegal
firearms to the government before the exercise begins.
Natembeya warned that the exercise will be painful.
"It will be painful, but we have to do it for the sake of
"These guns are the root cause of banditry and are being used
to fuel communal conflicts.
"We have to remove them and restore peace," he said.
Kenya plans to reform
livestock sector to improve productivity
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday announced plans to overhaul the
livestock sector to increase productivity, a government official
Harry Kimtai, principal secretary of the State Department for
Livestock in Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock,
Fisheries and Irrigation, said that plans are underway to make
the sector a profitable venture for farmers.
"We are reviewing our national livestock policy and a
livestock plan of action to ensure that the sector becomes
profitable and sustaining," Kimtai said during the launch of a
report on the future of Kenya’s livestock industry in Nairobi.
He said that the government is re-organizing its land use
programs to ensure that the livestock sector that accounts for
4.4 percent of Kenya’s GDP continue to benefit many communities.
Kenya currently has 44.6 million poultry, 26.7 million goats,
18.9 million sheep, 18.8 cattle, 3.2 million camels and 1.9