Hope After The Storm
Scores of hopeful families started rebuilding their razed homes in Ol Moran in the backdrop of intensified operation by security teams to flush out outlaws that were causing mayhem.
The past week witnessed a flurry of activities that included top-level interventions that should bring a lasting calm to the region.
The Government-assisted reconstruction of the destroyed homes started on Saturday as the affected families refocused more on rebuilding their lives. There were expectations that closed schools will reopen.
A total of 1,198 households were supported with food. These included 963 households at Ol Moran who were given rice, cabbages, and maize flour and 235 households at Survey who were given Maize, beans, potatoes, bar soap, and salt.
While thanking the well-wishers for their continued support of the affected families, the government is encouraging the well-wishers to channel their support and relief efforts through the Kenya Red Cross of the County Government of Laikipia, for better coordination since the area, is a security operation zone.
Internal Security cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi spent two days in the region while Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has literary camped for the past week.
One of the significant milestones is the establishment of the Kirima sub-county that comprises the Ngarua, Sipili, and Ol Moran divisions. Apart from the area having its own deputy county commissioner, it will have an OCPD and elevation of Survey, Luoniek, and Nagum police posts to police stations under the command of the OCS.
On Saturday, Dr. Matiangi and Governor Muriithi broke the ground for the new police division headquarters at Ol Moran which the county government has committed to building alongside the three new police stations.
The upgrade to bitumen standard of the Sipili-Ol Moran road starting Mahiga primary school is progressing well and there is a possibility of extending it to Magadi and Luoniek. In addition, there have been accelerated efforts by the county government to improve mobility in the area that are still ongoing. Three road construction brigades have been deployed in Ol Moran, Githiga, and Sosian wards under the county leasing program.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, his deputy, and some MCAs dropped by to stand in solidarity with Laikipia following the banditry attacks. Nakuru and Nyandarua also sent food aid.
In a rare display of unity earlier in the week, Laikipia leaders stood firm with the people of Ol Moran in demanding high-grade intervention by Dr. Matiang's to end the attacks once and for all. The presence of their leaders was quite encouraging to scores of families which had been displaced.
As he had promised the previous week, Governor Muriithi moved his operations to Ol Moran on Monday accompanied by county secretary Karanja Njora, chief officer Ikinya Matindi, sub-county administrators Nicholas Leluyian, Anthony Waruru and Lawrence Ndegwa and ward administrators.
The first task was to support the 17 households whose houses were razed with food, mattresses, and utensils. They also established a camp at Ol Moran VTC and provided cooked meals for the 83 families hosted there.
Also on the ground is Eng. Duncan Mwangi, the chief officer of Infrastructure who has been coordinating three of the county's road construction brigades as they open up and improve roads in Ol Moran, Githiga, and Sosian wards to facilitate speedy movement of goods and services. On Monday Governor Muriithi was joined by MPs Sarah Korere, Patrick Mariru and Senator John Kinyua and MCAs Jacob Edom(Sosian), George Karuiru(Ol Moran) and Peter Thomi(Githiga) at the police station. They addressed the citizens demanding immediate intervention.
Like the proverbial phoenix, Ol Moran is rising from the ashes-stronger and with a renewed determination to conquer any adversity.