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Retired officers on spot over insecurity

Judith Kemei @PeopleDailyKe

Insecurity and banditry which has for long ravaged the North Rift region is now being linked to rogue retired security officers in the area.

The former officers are accused of training the bandits, who confront police officers and other security agencies deployed to curb the menace that claims lives, destroys property and disrupts the economy of the region.

Michael Onyango, a senior official in the Interior and National Coordination ministry, urged the government to find ways to tame the rogue former officers.

Speaking yesterday during a National Symposium on Security at the Kenya School of Government in Kabarnet, Baringo county, he called for urgent steps to end the suffering of residents in the hands of bandits.

“We have wasted a lot of time trying to find those who are fuelling the menace but time has come for the government to locate those rogue retired officers and ensure that they don’t train criminals,” he said.

He said the bandits, who are well trained and operate with military precision, have been targeting and killing police officers. However, according to Joseph Makilap, former Baringo North parliamentary aspirant, elected leaders are to blame for the cattle rustling menace in the North Rift.

“Cattle rustling and banditry is instigated politically,” he said. He said the government should install a conservation belt along the borders, which are mostly the war zone areas, and ensure that no one crosses them.

Makilap appealed to the government to come up with a department tasked to develop the areas by building dams, schools and construction of access roads.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mongo Chimwaya said they are questioning some of the politicians who have been linked with fueling insecurity.

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