Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has issued a one-week ultimatum to bandits who have been terrorising locals in Kerio Valley to surrender to police or face the wrath of the government.
Speaking on Tuesday, July 13 in Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County, CS Matiang’i warned that government will pursue the criminals every nook and cranny.
During the high-level consultative meeting with political, religious, and traditional leaders of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, and West Pokot counties, Matiang’i revealed that the criminals’ profiles, which were prepared in collaboration with residents, have already been shared among security teams ahead of an all-out offensive.
Renewed bandit attacks
The volatile region has witnessed renewed banditry attacks that have seen 12 people killed and more than 200 others displaced in a span of two weeks.
The latest incident occurred on Saturday, July 10 in Kaben area when five people, among them a university student, were killed and another seriously injured.
It is suspected that bandits from Tiaty in Baringo County crossed Kerio River and launched the retaliatory attack on herders. They also stole more than 200 cattle and 60 goats.
Among top security officials who toured the region is Inspector of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Rift Valley Coordinator George Natembeya.
Leaders from the region asked the locals to cooperate with the government to ensure the criminals are dealt with ruthlessly.