Residents of Laikipia County want the government to prioritize the construction of slaughter houses, to serve the livestock rich region.
The residents, who mainly are pastoralists and drew their livelihoods from livestock keeping, said that they did not have a slaughterhouse despite the region leading in high exportation of live animals for slaughter to other counties.
They said that only one abattoir that served people as far as Baringo County, was located in Rumuruti town and was privately owned.
“We only have a private slaughter house here in Rumuruti to serve us, we do not even have a Kenya Meat Commission representation nor even an agent here to help us,” regretted John Kuntai.
The residents, who addressed UDA Deputy Presidential aspirant Rigathi Gachagua, during an economic forum in Nyahururu, also demanded to be actively involved in election of officials to the Kenya Meat Commission, KMC, for better representation.
Rigathi assured the livestock keepers that they would be spared slots in the Kenya Meat Commission Board together with other directors, promising to work hand in hand with the County Government to add more slaughterhouses in the county.
“We must have a plan for Laikipia, have jobs for the idle youths who have fallen victims to leaders who hire them to cause mayhem and propagate banditry.
“We will work on a framework to conclusively deal with perennial conflicts that have threatened livelihoods in Laikipia. Those who will not want to go our way will be dealt with once and for all,” added Gachagua.
John Kuntai, who represented the residents on matters of security, said majority of the residents knew the geographical terrains of the areas regularly attacked by bandits, but were never considered for National Police Reservists positions.
The UDA presidential candidate running mate challenged the incumbent government saying that if he and his boss were given the opportunity to lead the country, he would solve the issue in a better way and give a permanent solution to it.