Residents Turn Down Houses Built by Matiang’i

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Residents Turn Down Houses Built by Matiang'i
Residents Turn Down Houses Built by Matiang'i

Africa-PressKenya. Displaced residents in the ongoing clashes in Laikipia have turned down houses constructed by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i even as insecurity soars.

On Saturday, September 11, the CS had kicked off an exercise of rebuilding homes destroyed by the bandits and urged the residents who had been displaced in hundreds to return to their homes.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, September 12, the residents were, however, hesitant to return to their homes arguing that it was too risky for them.

They further argued that it was pointless for the state to construct them houses and ask them to return home when the bandits are still at large.

“This is the second time I have been displaced from my house. I cannot go back because I am suffering from Diabetes. I will live in a tent donated by Red Cross,” stated a woman who sought refuge at a school.

Another resident corroborated her claims noting that some of the bandits hid in maize plantations before striking homes at night.

“My prayer to the government is that they should ensure that all the bandits have been flashed out so that we can live in peace. It is pointless that they are building us houses yet the bandits are still in the hideout. We will not enjoy the houses,” corroborated another according to Citizen TV.

Matiang’i had spent a second consecutive day at Ol Moran leading an exercise to rebuild the house and provide food and medical aid to the affected individuals.

The aim was to have the hundreds who had been displaced by the residents return to their homes to allow for the resumption of studies in 16 schools whose academic calendars had been halted abruptly.

During his tour of the area, the CS noted that peace was returning after the region failed to record a single attack on the night of Friday, September 10.

“I’m glad that there was no single incident was reported last night, and that is what we envision for our people.

“We have stepped up our presence here, and we have begun constructing the Ol-Moran Police Divisional Headquarters, and the basic feature of such a station is that it will have more than 100 police officers,” stated Matiang’i.

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