Trans Nzoia leaders condemn killings by police reservists in ADC farms
Leaders in Trans Nzoia have condemned the killings of civilians allegedly by National Police Reservists guarding Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) farms.
The leaders from across the county, led by Governor George Natembeya, called for the scaling down of the number of police reservists, noting that the killings are unacceptable.
The condemnation comes following the recent shooting of a 17-year-old boy, who was gunned down while collecting leftover maize from an ADC farm in Endebess.
“We will not condone such acts of NPRs killing innocent residents. Lately, cattle rustling has gone down so if they cannot use their guns well then reduce their numbers,” Endebess MP Robert Pukose.
Pukose also spoke against what he termed as harassment of innocent residents of Kwanza and Endebess sub-counties.
The legislator tasked Trans Nzoia County Commissioner, Mbogai Rioba, to take action against rogue police reservists.
On his part, Governor Natembeya said the county may be forced to push for the State agency to give out 32,000 acres of its land to the public and remain with only 2,000 acres which they can manage effectively.
“How do you kill somebody because of maize. You shoot someone and you are not even ashamed. We are yet to hear the top management of ADC condemn that action,” Natembeya said.
Also speaking against the killings, Cherang’any MP Patrick Simiyu said five people have now been gunned down by police reservists in the ADC land over the past three years, simply because of picking maize leftovers.
He called for the prosecution of those behind the shootings so that justice can be delivered to the affected families.