By Nancy Masit
In a bid to mitigate cases of insecurity in Narok County 592 Maasai Mara National Reserve security rangers have joined Narok National Police Reservists unit.
The Principal Secretary of Interior and Coordination of National Government Raymond Omondi who welcomed the officers together with governor Patrick Ole Ntutu said the government intends to deploy more reservists in counties with insecurity challenges.
The PS said the officers should not abuse their constitutional powers and must follow the law, he pointed out that abuse of guns will be met by the full force of the law.
The police reservists will maintain law and order at the county, securing the greater Masaai Mara Ecosystem, Mau Forest, Naimina Enkiyio Forest, Nyakweri Forest and entire Narok borders.
The national government equipped the new reservists with 464 guns, the Narok County had procured vehicles that will be used by the reservists.
The officers had undergone training in various specialized training in various camps including at the GSU Training College Embakasi, Kenya Forest Services Training College, Administration Police Training College and the Kenya Wildlife Enforcement Academy for Wildlife Management.
Ntutu urged the officers to help in dealing with emerging security issues and warned them against misusing their firearms.
He added that the reservists who were drawn from all the sub counties will receive remuneration and vehicles to enhance their work and the main role will be dealing with poaching, which poses a severe threat to conservation and biodiversity in general.
The leaders invited local and international tourists to experience the magical scenes at the Maasai Mara during this Festive Season.
Those who attended the meeting included deputy governor Tamalinye Koech, Narok West MP Gabriel Tongoyo, Narok South MP Kitilai Ole Ntutu, Narok East MP Ken Aramat, Kilgoris MP Julius Sunkuli, Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno, county Secretary Mayiani Tuya, County Assembly speaker Davis Solian Dikirr, Regional commissioner Mr. Maalim Mohamed and Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde.