Govt to conduct a major security operation in 3 Counties -CS Matiangi

Govt to conduct a major security operation in 3 Counties -CS Matiangi

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH FEB,2022-The Government will conduct an extensive security operation in Baringo, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties borders to flush out bandits in Kerio Valley.

Speaking after a high level security meeting, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said security teams will from Saturday 5th February begin a sustained 14 days exercise to evict invaders and return normalcy in Muchongoi area in Baringo County while similar operations will be conducted in affected areas in Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot Counties.

“The multi-agency team will employ aerial reconnaissance and attack assets to aid the operation and recruitment of Police Reservists to beef up security especially in learning institutions to allow for their reopening. Arrests and prosecution of financiers and cultural leaders engaged in administering oaths will follow soon,” He said.

The meeting attended by the Inspector General Mr. Hilary Mutyambai as well as Governors from the respective Counties recommended for the deployment of Multi-Agency security teams for ground and aerial operations, and recruitment of National Police Reservists in areas affected by runaway banditry.

Other measures will include the installation of an Anti-Stock Theft Police Unit (ASTU) camp in Chesegon, West Pokot County and deployment of additional five platoons to the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot Counties.

The team also recommended immediate arrest of political leaders fanning and funding banditry in their areas. Arrests will also be extended to cultural leaders who perform rituals to bless bandits on their criminal missions.

The CS urged the National Police Service to expedite investigation and prosecution of leaders and government officials misusing CDF and government vehicles to source and distribute guns and ammunition to locals.

The closed-door meeting also attended by other political leaders from the region reiterated the urgency to protect learning institutions from security threats to ensure affected schools reopen for learning.

They also urged IEBC to partner with multi-agency security teams to allow residents to benefit from the ongoing voter registration.

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