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Urgent and Immediate Action Needed in North Rift for Peace and Security to Forestall Examinations Disruption

Urgent and Immediate Action Needed in North Rift for Peace and Security to Forestall Examinations Disruption

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is deeply concerned by the resurgence of insecurity in the North Rift region of Kenya, specifically in Baringo South, and more notably, in the regions of Kiserian, Mukutani, Kapindasum, Arabal and Kasiela. This alarming insecurity has given rise to tension and panic among the residents, particularly as schools within the area are on the brink of sitting for the national exams, set to commence next week from 30th of October 2023.


The Commission views the safety and security of students, teachers, examination officials, supervisors and the entire community members as of paramount concern. In light of this, KNCHR calls upon the Government through the Ministry of Interior and National Administration, its law enforcement agencies and duty bearers, to assume a duty-bound position and employ all available means to ensure that the safety and security of the affected populace is both enhanced and guaranteed. The Constitution of Kenya, in its various provisions, underscores the importance of safeguarding the safety and security of every individual, the right to education for children, and the general peace and tranquility that the Government has diligently strived to uphold especially in the larger North Rift region.


The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights strongly urges the Government to take immediate and decisive action to address the prevailing insecurity in Baringo South as attested in the recent mainstream media reports. The Commission urgently calls upon the Government to take immediate, unambiguous and efficacious actions as follows:


1. Protection of Examination Centers: Ahead of the forthcoming national exams, the Government must secure examination centers and ensure the safety of students, teachers, examination officials, and supervisors and ensure that the national exams are conducted in a secure and safe environment.
2. Deployment of Adequate Security Personnel: The Government must promptly deploy an ample number of law enforcement personnel to the affected areas, assuring a visible and robust presence that deters potential threats.
3. Heightened Intelligence and Surveillance: Security agencies must intensify their intelligence-gathering and surveillance operations to identify and neutralize individuals or groups responsible for the insecurity.
4. Prosecution of Perpetrators: The Government should ensure that those responsible for any acts of violence, intimidation or disruption are expeditiously brought to justice, clearly conveying that impunity will not be tolerated.


In conclusion, the Commission calls on all duty bearers in the North Rift region to prioritize the safety and security of the affected areas, ensuring that the people can go about their daily lives without fear or intimidation and the student undertake their examinations in safe and secure environment. The Commission stands ready to monitor the situation closely as it calls on the Government to do whatever it takes to protect the human rights of all Kenyan citizens.


Roseline Odede, HSC
Chairperson
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

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