Tension high in Kerio valley as bandits kill two children, steal livestock
SEE ALSO :Bandits kill officer, injure 3 more“The attacks happened less than two kilometres from GSU and the Anti-Stock camp who also are equipped with an Armored Police Carrier (APC). They responded late when the bandits had left,” he claimed. Marakwet branch Knut executive John Cheberi urged the government to move with speed and restore calm. “The attacks had subsidized when there was a special deputy county commissioner at Tot but now the attacks are the norm of the day because of the security command breakdown in Kerio valley,” said the KNUT executive. Mr Cheberi said parents, teachers, learners, and the general public will stage a series of demonstrations along the Kerio valley to protest the rising insecurity. “The government should know that no school will open in Kerio Valley in the second term if security is not guaranteed. Even traveling along the region is now a risky venture unless one is escorted by an armed police officer,” he said. The unionist asked local leaders to prevail upon the national government to ensure the issue of cattle rustling and banditry in Kerio valley is dealt with the seriousness it deserves. “We are tired of this unending circus. Kerio valley is suffering because of banditry and the government should tell us if were are second class citizens to be ruled by cattle rustlers?” charged Cheberi. However, Marakwet East Sub-county Deputy County Commissioner Stephen Sangolo said the security officers are grappling with revenge attacks which have sabotaged peace gains realized in the past. “It is unfortunate we have lost young children due to insecurity and we believe the latest attacks were motivated by retaliation which is subverting peace gains made in the past,” said the administrator. He called upon the neighboring communities to shun the retrogressive culture of revenging the attacks but allow law enforcing agencies to arrest and charge the culprits. “We are talks with our counterparts in Baringo and West Pokot counties to ensure conflict does not arise over scramble for the scarce water and pasture following the ongoing drought,” said Sangolo. He said security has been beefed up to restore calm and monitor people crossing unto their neighbours. Mr Sangolo said the bodies of the duo were taken to Tot sub-county hospital.