A group of political aspirants eyeing various elective seats in Trans Nzoia County have expressed concern over an increase in cases of physical assault by organised gangs unleashed on various politicians in the region.
The group cited a recent attack on Saboti MP Caleb Amisi, threats to Matisi ward MCA Obed Mwale and various cases of attacks on other hopefuls and their handlers as a grave concern that must be addressed urgently.
Among others who are on record to have been attacked are Ms Jenny Nafula, Matisi ward aspirant Nelson Kereti, Sitatunga MCA Daniel Kaburu and Tuwan ward MCA John Walubengo who fell victim to hooliganism.
“We are disturbed by the failure by our security agencies to reign in on criminal gangs which are fast gaining momentum in this region,” the chairman of the group Jeremiah Njunguna addressed journalists in Kitale.
Mr. Njunguna said the worrying trend has gained owing to rise in political temperatures brought about by the Building Bridges Initiative BBI referendum debate which has seen attacks based on directions taken by targeted politicians.
Mr. Kereti said: “I was attacked last week by some youths while on a tour of Matisi ward. They took off with my smart phone. I reported the case at the Kitale Police station but no arrests have been made so far”.
They said the government should license all politicians, including aspirants, to guarantee their safety since it is evident that the police are unable to handle the cases of violence judging by their failure to apprehend perpetrators.
“If the police are so engaged with other matters of national security, then the government should allow us to arm ourselves for purposes of defense. We are not ready to lose our lives for exercising our freedom of expression,” said Mr. Walubengo.