The national government under the ministries of interior and cordination of national security, and lands has launched operations aimed at finding a long lasting solution over the troubled Mt Elgon security.
The government through the ministry of interior security has been on ground since the rising of insecurity where it established land as the main cause of disputes among the residents.
Speaking in a press conference held in his office on Thursday, April 05, 2018, Bungoma county commissioner James Kianda said that Mt Elgon residents have been fighting over land as per the report he acquired during the operation.
He cited that most residents are unaware of their land boundaries, leading to fights with their neighbours, a trend Kianda noted to have been there for so long.
“We have been carrying out operations to find out what has been inciting Mt Elgon killings and we have found out that for so long the residents don’t know their land boundaries, and some even quarrel over land trespassing,” Kianda said.
He noted that the government had already sent 48 land officers to the area who are to establish the boundaries, find out the owners of specific lands and obtain tittle deeds for them.
“48 land officers are already on ground to find out the owners of specific lands, establish boundaries and help them acquire title deeds,” noted Kianda.
He further commended on interior cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i for opting for a curfew in the region, a thing he says has helped a lot in restoring security in the region.
Moreover, the county commissioner cited that he had partnered with the community to get 14 criminals attributed to the area insecurity who have been arraigned in the court.
However, Kianda said that a series of meetings over Mt Elgon’s insecurity will have to go on until a long lasting solution is found, with chiefs and their assistants holding at least 10 barazas within a month.