The continued killing of innocent people in Kerio Valley calls for urgent intervention.
The recent killing of a 60-year-old woman in her house in Liter trading centre on the Elgeyo-Marakwet/West Pokot boundary is a clear indication that insecurity in the valley is no longer about cattle rustling.
Teriki Jeruto Chelanga was killed by bandits believed to be from West Pokot County.
The incident came barely four days after two people were killed by unknown bandits in Sewes.
It is now becoming increasingly clear that those who commit these heinous acts are robbers commercialising livestock raids.
These incidents are eroding the gains made in the search for lasting peace in the region, besides disrupting the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination.
The lasting solution to these killings is the initiation of development projects such as building of schools, hospitals, farming activities among other projects that could empower the people economically. It is poverty that is driving young people out of their homes to engage in crime.
There is need for counties and the national government to initiate development projects along the boundary.
Potential investors have kept away from Kerio Valley, which sits on massive resources, and development is under threat unless urgent measures are taken to contain the situation.