Peace crusader Mary Kanyaman laid to rest – Kenya News Agency
Mary Kanyaman, a peace ambassador, was laid to rest Saturday at Kanamkemer Ward in Turkana Central Sub-County.
The deceased was a victim of last month’s banditry attack in Turkana East that left 11 people dead, including eight police officers.
Elected leaders attending the burial questioned government’s commitment in ending the spate of attacks, even as they described the late Kanyaman as a courageous and indefatigable peace heroine.
Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai described the slain Kanyaman, a peace activist who yearned for peaceful coexistence in Suguta valley, but who unfortunately lost her life at the hands of the same cold-blooded bandits she fought to eradicate.
The governor called on President William Ruto to meet with Turkana leaders over concerns about runway insecurity.
Lomorukai asked security staff to capture politicians financing Turkana banditry attacks and seal loopholes where ammunition and illegal firearms could fall into the hands bandits’ hands.
Jonathan Leleliit, Samburu Governor, paid tribute to Kanyaman’s brave spirit and dedication to her job as a County Executive in Samburu County.
He assured of his County’s commitment to collaborate in pursuing peace between members of the Turkana and Samburu communities.
Other leaders who spoke included constitutional lawyer Dr. Ekuru Aukot, Turkana Senator James Lomenen, women rep Cecilia Ng’itit, MPs Emathe Namuar (Turkana Central), Epuyo Nanok (Turkana West) and Nicholas Ng’ikor (Turkana East), among others.
MCAs, members and clergy, as well as Turkana Samburu professionals, were also present.
By Peter Gitonga