Turkana Central Member of Parliament and United Democratic Alliance governor candidate John Lodepe has condemned Sunday incident where nine people were injured in a highway robbery near Kainuk trading centre.
Three passengers and the driver sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Kapenguria referral hospital while five others who were in the 14-seater matatu heading to Lodwar from Kitale are receiving treatment at Kainuk dispensary.
Turkana South sub county Police Commander Robert Kibuchi said seven armed assailants were involved in the incident that occurred at mid-day.
Kibuchi said the attackers shot the driver in the chest and shot two passengers in the head.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service for UDA candidates who won the just concluded nominations in Lodwar, Lodepe condemned the incident and called on the government to deploy adequate security to prevent more attacks.
“We are appealing to the government to address these cases of insecurity because it poses a major threat especially as we approach the general election,” said Lodepe.
He further called on the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i to disarm civilians who bring instability in areas of Kapedo, Morulem and Kainuk denying them an opportunity to vote.
At the same time, Lodepe urged members of the Turkana community not to take revenge but allow the government to pursue the bandits.
Lodepe who is vying on UDA ticket said he was optimistic that the election of Simon Kachapin as West Pokot governor would help bring lasting peace between the two communities.
He said the traders from West Pokot would incur hefty losses due to insecurity because Turkana County depends on vegetables and mangoes from West Pokot.
UDA Senate candidate Benedict Lokamar promised to prioritise security if elected in the August polls.
Lokamar, who served as a police officer for 14 years before joining politics said he would work with the national government to address insecurity in the region.
Lokamar, who is also the leader of the minority in the Turkana County Assembly also promised to establish structures to promote peace between the counties and countries.
“I will work with the county government to establish structures to promote peace,” he said.
The area police boss said after shooting the driver, the attackers opened the matatu door and robbed the victims of their belongings, including cash and mobile phones.
UDA Women Representative candidate Cecilia Angitit Ishuu pledged to ensure equity in the distribution of resources across the county.
“I will ensure that all constituencies benefit from whatever resources we are allocated,” she said.
She is seeking to take over from Joyce Emanikor who is vying for Turkana Central constituency MP seat after serving two terms as women representative. She will battle it out with Joseph Emathe Namwar of UDA.
Namwar bid received a boost after his nemesis Erastus Lorogoi accepted to support him after a hotly contested nomination exercise. The two shook hands in a church service attended by UDA honchos and Governor Josphat Nanok’s wife Margaret.
“I can now rest because the division of the two leaders was threatening to deny us the Turkana central seat,” said Mrs. Nanok.