Two Laikipia chiefs sacked for abetting child marriages

He told the two to report to his office to collect their sacking letters.

Wednesday March 9 2016

Laikipia County Commissioner Apollo Okello

Laikipia County Commissioner Apollo Okello (right) with Laikipia East Deputy County Commissioner Abdirashid Mohammed distribute motorcycles to chiefs outside Nanyuki Social Hall on March 8, 2016. Mr Okello sacked two chiefs for abetting child marriages and cattle rustling. PHOTO | MUCHIRI GITONGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Laikipia County Commissioner Apollo Okello has sacked two chiefs from Laikipia North Sub-County for allowing child marriages and cattle rustling in their areas.

The commissioner gave the two administrators from Uwaso and Sieku locations a dressing down in front of their colleagues before asking them to pass by his office to hand over their official caps and to collect the sacking letters.

“How can a government chief fail to prevent a marriage of a child in his area and even participate in [the] ceremony as if it’s something good happening?

“We cannot allow adults to destroy children,” Mr Okello told the Uwaso chief Mr Kididing Musieng’during the meeting at Nanyuki Social Hall on Tuesday.

He also wondered why the Sieku Location chief John Lemoile had failed to control cattle thieves who were having a field day in his area.

He said some administrators had worked for a long time and knew the bandits stealing livestock and some were even benefiting from the proceeds of the vice.

“As the area chief you have the capacity to know thieves in your area,” the commissioner said.

The administrators were told to ensure that the Nyumba Kumi initiative was working. They were also told to ensure they work hand-in-hand with the police.

Forty-five chiefs received government motorcycles to enhance their work.