3,000 youths a security threat after ceremony

According to the Pokot culture, after undergoing the ritual, young men are expected to acquire wealth in the form of cattle and later get married.

Tuesday February 23 2016

Some of the young people who were recently initiated into manhood in Tiaty Sub-County in Baringo County on Januray 23, 2016.  PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Some of the young people who were recently initiated into manhood in Tiaty Sub-County in Baringo County on Januray 23, 2016. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By WYCLIFF KIPSANG
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Over 3,000 young people who were recently initiated into manhood in Tiaty Sub-County in Baringo County are now posing a big security threat in the North Rift region.

The Nation has learnt that a number of them are yet to report to school for the first term despite orders by county officials.

According to the Pokot culture, after undergoing the ritual, young men are expected to acquire wealth in the form of cattle and later get married.

Silale Ward Rep Nelson Lotela said raids might escalate in the area if the young men are not urged to go back to school. “Without education, the young men may end up in early marriages, and engage in cattle raids,” said Mr Lotela.

His Barwessa Ward counterpart Joseph Makilap feared education would continue to lag behind in the area as the young men marry early.

“Such a big number of young people who are staying at home, instead of being in school, are a security threat in this county because some of them may resort to cattle rustling and banditry,” Mr Makilap told the Nation.

He called on the local administration to intervene and advise the community on the importance of educating young men, saying school dropouts will contribute to cattle rustling and banditry in the area.

More than 70 schools in the sub-county are affected.

Mr Francis Merinyang, the head teacher of Nginyang Primary School, the most affected, said many boys will drop out in the sub-county.

County Director of Education Daniel Mosbei raised concern over the poor enrolment in schools, saying taking pupils for initiation during school days is unacceptable.

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