West Pokot MPs urge beefed up security for national exams
MPs from West Pokot County have called on the government to beef up security around schools in volatile areas during the national exams.
Led by MP Peter Lochakapong (Sigor), the leaders expressed concern over the recent spate of killings in Kerio Valley along the West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet border.
Over thirty people have and been killed and hundreds of livestock stolen in the area since the year started.
This has inflicted fear on the locals causing displacement, shutdown of schools shut and massive migration from the area which has derailed development.
Speaking at Chesta Teachers Training College during a cultural festival, the leaders said teachers needed their security guaranteed.
They added that the tutors must have a safe environment to invigilate and supervise the examinations while students need the same for them to sit for the exams.
They accused security officers in the area of failing to curb insecurity in Kerio Valley along the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.
They cited unrest in Kamelei, Turkwel Chepkokoh, Kamelei , Tapach, Chesegon, Ptsonu, Kapusheni, Serena ,Seketion, Kapsangar ,Cheptulel , Arpollo, Chesogon, Tirap , Kamulogon and Sapulmoi areas.
“We preach peace but our people must protect themselves, OCPDS, County Commissioners and other security officers should take charge,” said Mr. Lochakapong.
David Pkosing (Pokot South) and Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria MP),
His Kapenguria counterpart Samuel Moroto lamented that the government had not shown full commitment in ending the perennial conflicts between the Marakwet and Pokot communities.
Moroto blamed the government for failing in its constitutional mandate of providing security to Kenyans and termed the recent attacks in the area as failure by security agents.
He added that there is a need to transfer police officers who have been slow to act.
Amid the calls for security enhancement in the area , West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello confirmed that security has been beefed up in all schools along the border.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) started on Monday while the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will begin next week.
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