Former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, maintains that he will not desert his ancestral home in Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County, against sustained raids by suspected bandits.
Kimaiyo says he has a dream of turning the remote area into a tourist attraction site and that no amount of intimidation will distract him from the vision.
He said that the brazen attacks on his homestead will not deter him from his political ambitions. Kimaiyo has already declared that he will vie for a political seat in the county.
Armed bandits have raided his homestead three times, causing destruction and stealing livestock, some which have since been recovered by security agents on the ground.
Kimaiyo says that he does not rule out politics in the raids, indicating that some of his political competitors could be orchestrating the attacks. The home is not guarded by police officers yet it belongs to the immediate former IG.
“No, I will not leave my ancestral home. I have spent a colossal amount of money developing the area, which I have big dreams for. For example, I plan to put a resort there so that instead of tourists going to Mombasa, they can come there since the climatic conditions are the same,” said the former police boss.
He blames his political detractors whom he claims are running a smear campaign depicting him as a protégé of opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi.
“I have even assured the Deputy President that I am in government and will be in the next government. The fact that the former Prime Minister (Raila) and the Amani National Congress (ANC) leader (Mudavadi) have approached me is an indication that they have seen some leadership qualities in me,” states Kimaiyo.
The former IG claims that among all the current political leaders, he is the only one who has a permanent home in Tot.
“I am the only leader who has a home in that area. The rest don’t have homes there and that explains their silence in spite of the raids targeting me.”