State to deploy special officer to troubled Rift

Winstone Chiseremi @wchiseremi

The government has put in a place a raft of measures to address perennial insecurity in the North Rift, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said yesterday. He announced the deployment of a special county commissioner to the bandit-prone region covering West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo to oversee security operations to “bring an end to the menace once and for all”.

At the same time, Mating’i directed the reopening of more than 70 public schools that had been shut in the last one month, leaving more than 10,000 learners out of class because of escalating attacks.

He said the affected institutions, both public and private, would be given 24-hour security to ensure smooth learning. The CS, who was speaking during a tour in Kerio Valley to assess the security situation in the wake of recent sustained attacks, vowed that the government will take decisive action on those suspected to be linked to banditry and cattle rustling.

Matiang’i was accompanied by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who is also the Senate Leader of Majority, area Governor Alex Tolgos, former West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin, MPs Bowen Kangogo (Marakwet East), William Kisang (Marakwet West) and a host of members of the county assembly.

“The government is going to act decisively on those linked to the decade-long banditry and cattle rustling menace which has led to the loss of lives and property and closure of schools,” he said.

He directed county commissioners in counties that suffer frequent incidents of insecurity to ensure the immediate arrest of perpetrators of the vice or they will lose their jobs.

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