Baringo death toll due to hunger rises to 21 as a 75 year old is found dead

A 75-year old man Chepkwony Borjiroot died due to hunger at Barketiew village, Baringo North Sub-county on Sunday night raising the deaths to 21.

His death brought the number of people who have died due to hunger to 21.

Hunger also threatens lives of over 800 displaced bandits attack victims-Ilchamus, including school going children resettled back to Mukutani, Baringo South Sub-county in October 2018.

 “We just walk up on Monday morning to find the lifeless body of the old man, he was complaining hunger and stomach pain the previous evening, on Sunday Yatya resident Joseph Toroitich said.

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An old man looking feeble due to hunger

Toroitich said although the ailing old man stayed alone, but his major suspected killer could be hunger as the entire place is really ravaged with drought.

“His sickness worsened in the last two weeks so he could not afford trekking more than 15 kilometres as people currently do to fetch some water or purchase foodstuffs in Yatya centre” he said.

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The old man who is also a beneficiary of the ‘Inua Jamii’ government programme has not received the cash for the elderly close to six months.

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Shock as unidentified woman strips naked in Baringo during Mashujaa day celebration

Shock as unidentified crazy woman stormed in and stripped naked to disrupt Mashujaa day celebration at Chemolingot Michuki grounds in Tiaty, Baringo county on Saturday.

Some security officers had just got hold of the speechless woman intending to lead her gently outside the grounds when she turned wild by removing her skirt then lifted her hands up ready to fight.

“This is the third time she had stripped today since morning as we tried to help dress her up” Chipanda sub-location assistant chief  Margaret Kingi said.

Leaders present and hundreds of residents including children were treated to a shock when middle-aged woman worked innocently before stripping naked.

Among leaders who  graced the function were Woman Represenative Gladwel Cheruiyot,Baringo North Member of Parliament(MP) William Cheptumo, William Kamket(Tiaty), Charles Kamuren(Baringo South), County Governor Stanley Kiptis, his Deputy Jacob Chepkwony and the County Assembly speaker David Kiplagat and several MCAs.

It forced the security officers with the help of chiefs to handle the naked women and whisk  her out of the arena while she struggled forcing to be freed.

Kingi said she could not identify the women whom she said must have just got into Chemolingot trading centre from a neighbouring village, “but she communicates a little bit in pokot dialect” she said.

The assistant chief said they earlier assisted the lady to take her early lunch in case she was hungry but wondered what befell of her to misbehave again.

“We have got another crazy woman who goes begging here at Chemolingot centre but she hasn’t reached that stage of behaving like this one” she said.

It is not the first time such women strip in public functions in Baringo, in 2015, a woman stormed in and removed her clothes in a function hosted by former Governor Benjamin Cheboi in Marigat town, Baringo South Sub-county.

-Joseph Kangogo

Shock as 15 year old girl, commits suicide leaving behind 4 month baby.

Residents of  Baringo have been left in shock and disbelief after a 15-year old girl commits suicide leaving behind her four months baby at Moigutwo village in Baringo North Sub-county.

According to residents the deceased girl, Sylvia Jeruto who sat for her KCPE exam and scored 284 marks in 2016 but never managed to join form one, went missing from their home on Tuesday only for her lifeless body to be recovered in a nearby bush. 

“After day long search her lifeless body was found in a nearby bush on Tuesday morning around 11am,” Kabosgei location Chief Jackson Cheruiyot said.

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He said the body was taken by police to Baringo County hospital mortuary in Kabarnet, adding that motive of taking her own life is yet to be known.

Moigutwo primary school head teacher Michael Sotany said maybe deceased girl had her education cut shot due to pregnancy although sources also attribute it to alcoholic nature of her parents.

However, her father Rotich Toree overwhelmed with grieve could talk to the media. But the Uncle David Shikuku regretted the incident saying the family has been left with hard task of raise the kid, citing the state of poverty.

In the same sub-county Police are hunting for a 30-year old man who killed his 22-year old wife, mother of a-year old baby before running into hiding on Monday.

It is not ascertained the motive as to why the assailant Laban Kamuren descended to kill his wife of two children Judith Chesang in cold blood.

Nancy Chesang a sister to the deceased says

“We were four in the farm, two women and my sister, harvesting millet at the compound when my in-law appeared with a huge stick at around 10am then descended to beat up my sister.” 

She said when other women ran away she screamed as she watched helplessly the assailant lashed hardly on her sister’s head before she collapsed and became unconscious.

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“He ran immediately to the house and while I was trying to help lift up my sister he appeared with a sharp panga then I ran away and he hurriedly hacked her neck and head, leaving her for death.” 

Upon realizing she had killed her wife the assailant fled away leaving his breastfeeding one year old baby crying on the ground.

Sibilo Sub- location assistant chief Agnes Keitany confirmed the incident saying police have taken the body to Baringo County Hospital mortuary-Kabarnet.

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Keitany said the young family had some unsettled domestic affairs before the murder.

“The dispute was yet to be settled by the village elders but she just decided today to come and harvest her millet before  meeting her premature death” assistant chief said adding that police are now looking for the suspect who is currently on the run. Ends

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Madness: Baringo North Police hunt for 24-year old man for defiling a 9-year old minor

Police are hunting for a 24-year- old man who allegedly defiled a 9-year old class three minor at Kitibei village in Baringo North Sub-county.

The suspect who dropped out of primary school two years ago and known for terrorizing young girls in the village is still at large, according to authorities.

“Her mother had sent her around 12 pm to collect her young brother at a nearby Isass Junior academy on Saturday 9” enraged father told media on Friday.

He then said the child reported that she was dragged to Tuptoin forest before being done the indecent act by a man [known to her] before running away.

Again, the incident reportedly occurred barely some 200 metres away from the home of Bartoloimo Location Chief Isaac Chemjor who is being accused by the villagers for failing to take any action since then to arrest the suspect.

“But due to her fear and discomfort about the matter she collected the courage to report it to her mother on Monday 11” he said, adding that since then she has been sick at home and even not able to walk to school.

The girl was then rushed to Kabartonjo Sub-county Hospital for check up but the laboratory results proved negative for defilement and based on the medical report police had declined to arrest the suspect.

“I was almost sure the clinical officer in Kabartonjo hospital, who is our neighbor at home, would compromise the situation because he is related to the accused” said the father, doubting also the volume of drugs prescribed to her daughter.

However after taking the child for further examination at Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet town on Thursday 14, the results proved that the child was actually defiled, although there was no reactive infection was detected immediately.

Doctors report read; [having examined and interviewed the child said she was defiled by a person known to her (child) and the father on June 9 while collecting her brother in school).

After the results, the family now asking for justice calling upon the relevant authorities to take up the matter and have the suspect convicted.

According the Isass Sub-location assistant chief Daniel Cherop he has earlier arrested the suspect and handed to police over similar act to another minor, but the family followed it up and requested the matter be handled at home.

Today he has repeated again the same mistake…so I have already notified Police in Kipsaraman and it will be our work the all day today to look for him” Cherop said on Friday.

He further said arresting him will also be of help for his own safety owing to the wrath of the charged village youth who are already searching around to lynch him.

-Joseph Kangogo

I better die than going back home to face FGM – rescued Baringo recounts

‘I better die here than going back home’ 13-year old Baringo girl recounts how her parents forced her to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Mercy Chepkerker from Riongo village in Tiaty East Sub-county said her parents wanted her circumcised and get married to a 50-year old man in February.

“I refused and they assigned some 10 village men to beat me up forcing me to fall in love with old man who would become my husband once I am through with the cut” Chepkerker said.

Her statement comes amid the imminent day of African child celebration today.

She was addressing media at Tangulbei boarding primary school on Wednesday, where she with her 35 age mates escaped for safety in May.

“I then escaped from home and ran away to live with my auntie in the neighboring Nasorot village, but my father followed me up again and threatened to kill me” The teenage girl said.

Chepkerker who is now in class two at Tangulbei boarding primary says she will never forgive her parents for what they did to her.

“In fact I don’t see myself going back home I better die here” she said amid sobs.

Thanks to Tangulbei Women Network, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that assisted, with security officers to rescue them.

Other girls Mercy Loriaba and Blessing Chesut from Nasorot and Kalabata villages respectively shared similar predicament.

“Our parents here in pokot take us girls as less human beings, they mistreat us by forcing us to get cirmcucised and later get married to men of their own choice” Chesut said.

Apart from being facing live threats she also said they were being imposed to harsh life of brewing and selling alcohols locally known as Changaa, Moratina and Busa, while the boys were being supported to go to school.

However, majority of the illiterate teenage girls aged 10 to 14 years in Tangulbei primary cannot speak either English or Kiswahili instead they could only communicate in pokot dialect, worst still they do not understand their ages.

The school head teacher Musa Terter assured the girls safety saying they were being handled like other pupils.

Terter however said despite their age he was forced to place all the girls in class one and two.

The girls hail from Karoiwo, Kabalabata, Kakaryakales, Kasitet, Kasokon, Bombo and Korolwo villages.

However, Tiaty East Assistant County Commissioner Steve Muonge also warned the culprits including their parents following up the girls to the school compound that they will be arrested and will face full force of the law.

Tangulbei women Network Chairlady Mary Kuket appeals for humanitarian help to keep the girls in school.

“They urgently need some more beds, school uniforms and mattresses so they could become comfortable in the boarding facility” said Kuket.

Last year November, the Star highlighted more than 2,000 girls from pokot community in Tiaty Sub-county, undergoing the female cut despite the government ban.

Reliable source further hinted that the traditional women circumcisers were paid at least two goats or sh3, 000 per girl adding that the rite of passage is normally observed in August and December.

However, the source said a man is forced to part with 50 goats, 30 cows and 10 camels to marry the circumcised young girl as his wife.

-Joseph Kangogo

God’s Plan: After Disrupting Ruto’s Speech, Poor Baringo Woman Gets Date With DP

A young woman caused a scene on Saturday when she marched through a thick crowd to grab Deputy President William Ruto’s attention.

He had been reading his speech during a tour of Baringo when Michelle Chepkoech approached, two children in her arms, shouting “Mheshimiwa (Your Excellency) Ruto”.

The DP’s security agents tried to block Chepkoech but she got louder, forcing Ruto to stop.

He asked the officers to let the woman near him and then told her to wait at the podium for him to finish his address.

Ruto later asked the woman to see him at his office in Nairobi before heading to his helicopter.

Chepkoech, who has five children, told reporters that poverty pushed her to the wall.

She said she was from Sesya in Baringo Central sub-county but was living in Eldama-Ravine town where she was jobless.

“I have told so many people, including leaders, about my problem but they have not helped me. I just wanted the DP to buy me and my children a small piece of land,” she said.

Ruto went to the county to launch Eldama-Ravine Technical Institute, Makutano-Ravine road and Skyline Sacco Plaza, as well as preside over a fundraising for needy students in Elama Ravine.

He was with Jubilee Party leaders including Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Eldama Ravine MP Moses Lessonet, Mogotio MP Daniel Tuitoek, Kimani IIchung’wa of Kikuyu, and Oscar Sudi of Kapseret.

The DP was crowned an elder by the Tugen Council and promised full support for the presidency come 2022.

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22 Police officers killed in Baringo bandit attack

Bandits on Friday ambushed and killed twenty two police officers as they travelled on a lorry through Solai in Tiati Sub County, Baringo.

The officers were on patrol in the area which has been hit by violence when they were attacked and sprayed with bullets by hundreds of gunmen suspected to be from Pokot.

The bandits also burnt down the police lorry. Hundreds of GSU officers were on Saturday being deployed to the scene of the attack to collect the bodies of the slain officers.

Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi and area County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo have appealed to the government to send security reinforcements to the region.

Baringo County speaker arrested at JKIA

Baringo County Speaker Kasait Kamket was arrested at the JKIA while headed for Qatar Tuesday night. He was being sought by police over last week’s clashes where on 20th October a motor vehicle transporting examination papers for Kapedo mixed secondary school was attacked and burned down. Less than five days later on 25th October three GSU officers, two civilians were killed and 1 officer injured.

Police said he will be taken to Baringo police station for grilling over the matter.

President Kenyatta has also spoken on the matter in a statement released on Monday and advised that responsible criminals will face the full force of the law.

10 year old boy killed by an abandoned explosive in Baringo

A 10 year- old boy died on Friday after an explosive believed to have been abandoned by military recruits at a village in Baringo went off.

Lukeno Ngorumura was herding his family’s livestock when he picked up the explosive just a few meters from their home.

Witnesses say the object blew up immediately the boy hit it with a stone, killing him instantly. A 12 year old boy who was playing nearby is recovering in hospital.

Residents of the area are now demanding that the military which has been conducting training there should sweep the zone for abandoned explosives.

2 dead thousands more starving in Baringo

At least 2 people have died of starvation in Baringo County and over 35,000 households are facing an acute shortage of food.

County assembly member Thomas Minito says the two victims Chepotunyany Nyan’aera, 45, and Lototireng Amaya, 50, succumbed two days ago, following a prolonged drought.

An elderly woman is meanwhile in hospital fighting for her life.

Some of the residents of Tiaty Sub-county have now resorted to eating animal carcasses and wild fruits to survive.

The County Government had, 2 months ago, sent 2 tracks of relief food but the supplies have run out.