The government has announced a crackdown to flush out bandits in Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, and West Pokot Counties following a series of attacks in the three regions.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i held a high-level security meeting with leaders from the three counties to address security challenges that have bedevilled the area.
The meeting held at a Nakuru hotel saw the leaders agree on an array of issues including the immediate crackdown on bandits in Baringo South.
The government will also embark on deployment of officers, national police reservists, and general security enhancement including aerial surveillance in the region.
The meeting also saw the commitment by Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to set up an anti stock theft unit camp in the volatile areas to combat the bandits who drive away livestock in every attack.
Meanwhile, security agents have been ordered to immediately arrest leaders mobilizing and funding bandits in affected areas. The arrest will be extended to cultural leaders administering oaths to ‘bless’ bandit and other invasion missions
On the ongoing voter registration, CS Matiang’i indicated that the government to consult and appeal to IEBC on the possibility of providing special arrangements to help those unable to register in areas affected by banditry and raging insecurity as voters in ongoing exercise have a registration window