Residents flee Baringo after retaliatory attacks

Tension is high in Loruk area of Baringo North after business premises and residential homes were torched, leaving the border town deserted.

On Sunday night, unknown arsonist torched three business premises and nine residential houses destroying property worth millions of shillings as residents flee. Women and children were spotted trekking along the Marigat- Loruk road as police trucks move towards Loruk to prevent more attacks.

Following the attacks, all shops at Loruk shopping centre remained closed as business operators emptied their shops and fled to Marigat town as tension heightened along the border between Tugen and Pokot communities. The attackers suspected to be from the Tugen community also razed down a posho mill, maize store as well as honey store and a residential home, all belonging to members of the Pokot community.

Reuben Elongoleng said he lost stock worth Sh3.3 million after the arsonist torched his maize store, posho mill and a shop. He lost 130 bags of maize, 20 bags of other cereals and other business stock.

Another resident Daniel Cheptulel lost business stock worth Sh500, 000 and has appealed to the government to consider compensating them. The incident occurred few hours after a retired chief Wilson Chepungei was confronted and shot dead by raiders while herding livestock on his farm.

The armed raiders suspected to be from Kadingding area in Tiaty sub-county escaped without stealing anything from the retired civil servant. Condemning the incident, Senator Gideon Moi asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to rise to the occasion and end insecurity in Baringo and other parts of the country.

”The President and his deputy have the responsibility to protect the people of Kenya and their properties, time has come for the two to take insecurity seriously, residents of the affected areas are losing faith,” said the senator. Speaking at Kabartonjo during celebration to mark Madaraka Day, Gideon said security issues fall under the National government, saying what people of Baringo are going through was not acceptable.