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BY CORRESPONDENT,CHEPTAIS,6TH MARCH 2018-Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Tuesday visited the troubled Mount Elgon region imposing a 6pm to 6am curfew on Cheptais Sub-County.
The area has witnessed a wave of killings by a criminal gang which brings back the memory of killings instigated by Sabaot land defence force SLDF in 2005 which led to murder of thousands of people as well as displacement.
Addressing locals at a meeting attended by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet in Cheptais, Matingi said a major security operation would be launched to wipe out any criminal elements in the area.
“We cannot have criminals terrorising people here, we shall deal with them,” the CS asserted.
A major security and administration shake up is also expected in the area after locals accused authorities in the area of being compromised.
“We shall pursue them to the gates of hell,” the CS said..
According to residents the conflicts which have been reported from time to time in the area emanate from land with different Ethnic groups fighting among est themselves over the same.
The government has since declared that locals will be given title deeds in three months’ time.
At a meeting with Matiangi, Karoney and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, area residents made shocking revelations of terror at the hands of the ruthless gangs responsible for killing tens in the area.
Locals narrates how the gang has been raping women, young girls and at even forcing sons to have sexual intercourse with their mothers came into the limelight. The gang is behind the more than 40 death of locals reported in the new wave of attacks.
The meeting also attended by Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet and local security authorities saw locals pours out their hearts, in hope their pain will be no more.
“We don’t have security officers here. They’re all cowards,” women leader in the area Eunice Korum told the Cabinet Secretary.According to her, police are reluctant in dealing with the gang.
“They only come to collect bodies but don’t respond when the criminals are here,” she said.
“Mr Matiangi, please recruit me as a police officer. I’m ready to fight for our people,” Korum asserted.
Youth leaders and elders also shared their ordeal with the CS and his team.
According to locals, the criminals have been colluding with security forces in the area.
They also say that the gang has encroached on government land.
The area Member of Parliament Fred Kapondi has vowed to hand over the names of the suspected members of the gang to security agencies.