In Summary
  • The leaders recently blamed insecurity experienced in Chari ward on the firearms held by the conservancies.
  • Governor Kuti claimed that there was an armoury at the Lewa Conservancy, which hosts the NRT headquarters.
  • But Mr Ondego, who addressed the protesters, said there was no armoury in the private conservancy.
  • NRT facilitates the running of 39 community conservancies across 10 counties.

Community conservancies in Isiolo County have castigated Governor Mohamed Kuti for linking them to insecurity in the region.

Members of eight community conservancies in the county held a peaceful demonstration in Isiolo town and marched to the office of County Commissioner John Ondego to demand an explanation on why they were being linked to insecurity.

The conservancies in Isiolo include Biliqo Bulesa, Nakuprat-Gotu, Nasuulu, Leparua, Oldonyiro Narupa, Oldonyiro Nanapicho, Oldonyiro Naapu and Oldonyiro Nannapa.

FIREARMS

Governor Kuti and Isiolo Woman Rep Rehema Jaldesa recently blamed insecurity experienced in Chari ward on the firearms held by the conservancies and called for the scrapping of the wildlife sanctuaries.

They pointed fingers at the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organisation that facilitates the running of community conservancies.

“In my last 18 years in leadership, I have maintained that NRT is causing animosity through the conservancies. They give people vehicles, guns and communication gadgets which cause insecurity,” Governor Kuti said.

He claimed that there was an armoury at the Lewa Conservancy, which hosts the NRT headquarters, from where community conservancies are supplied with firearms.

NO ARMOURY

But Mr Ondego, who addressed the protesters, said there was no armoury in the private conservancy.

“NRT does not own any guns. The rangers are given the firearms by the government under the National Police Reservists. We engage them when we need reinforcement and air surveillance,” Mr Ondego said.

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