In Summary
  • The village in Pokot South Sub-County is on the border with Elgeyo-Marakwet and is known for deadly cattle raids.
  • The residents said they have been having sleepless nights following the escalating insecurity in the area.
  • One of them donated a piece of land and others offered building materials for the eight-roomed building.

Tired of unfulfilled promises by the government to build houses for police officers based in their area, residents of Sekution village in West Pokot County took decided to build a house for them.

The locals said they have been unsuccessfully begging the national government to build houses for the officers deployed to the volatile area but got tired and decided to construct a semi-permanent one for them.

The village in Pokot South Sub-County is on the border with Elgeyo-Marakwet and is known for deadly cattle raids.

The residents said they have been having sleepless nights following the escalating insecurity in the area.

BUILDING MATERIALS

One of them donated a piece of land and others offered building materials for the eight-roomed building.

It is made of timber, a mud floor and corrugated iron sheets.

The officers posted to the area have been camping at Kamelei Dispensary but are expected to move to the new house next week.

One of the residents, Mr Solomon Mastangole, said they had been left to their own devices after their pleas were ignored by the government.

They said they decided to build the house in a bid to convince the officers to move closer to them.

“We decided to combine efforts so that we can have peace. Our children are not going to school due to insecurity. We agreed that if we build the police camp we will be the beneficiaries because when officers are here we will have peace,” he said.

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