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BY DPPS/KORIR JUMA,25TH FEB 2018-Criminals operation in the Mt Elgon area and causing untold suffering to residents will not be tolerated .Deputy president William Ruto has warned. Ruto who visited the area on Sunday February 25 condemned the killings and attacks in Mt Elgon, Bungoma County.
The tough talking Ruto said security personnel would be justified to use force to apprehend criminals as the Government would not let them continue causing mayhem.
“We will not sit and watch as innocent civilians are killed, women raped and livestock shot dead. Security personnel will be justified to use force to apprehend criminals,” said Mr Ruto.
The DP, who attended a church service and funds drive in aid of 23 churches at Cheptais in Mt Elgon, urged members of the public to be vigilant and identify and report criminals.
“We’ve done a lot in this county but there will be no meaningful development without security. These criminals are not outsiders but they live among you,” said the DP.
“Please don’t harbour them as you will be the first one they will turn against,” added the Deputy President.
Mr Ruto warned security personnel against colluding with criminals.
“The days are numbered for officers in partnership with criminals. You will be sacked and prosecuted,” warned the DP.
He urged residents to support security personnel by volunteering information that can be used to apprehend criminals.
The church service WAS dominated by prayers for the more than 30 people who have killed by criminals in the past six months.
Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi accused a local politician of supporting crime.
“The criminals are jailbirds who are well-known as they have rape and robbery with violence cases in court,” he said.
Mr Kapondi said that one of the criminals was recently shot dead by police and the politician called area administrators accusing them of killing an innocent man.
The law maker urged the government to deploy more Kenya Police Reservists (KPRs) to the troubled region.