Return of banditry attacks in restless valley of death
SEE ALSO: Schools in troubled regions to reopenAccording to him, the bandits, some of whom they were with at a construction site at Kapedo-Lokori road, trailed and ambushed them while heading home. “We had worked with our attackers at a construction site, but why they teamed up with armed criminals to attack us remains a puzzle,” says Erenglobur. Lawrence Epwagan, who escaped the attack with a minor injury, says they were attacked on their way home at around 5pm. They were aboard the police vehicle that was sprayed with bullets. Epwagan says those attacked were working on a bridge on the Napeitom-Lomelo-Kapedo road.
SEE ALSO: Reformed warriors donate 100 goatsIn May 2015, four people were killed at Solar village near Kasarani after a fight between the Turkana and Pokot erupted. In November 2017, three police officers and an education officer were killed while on their way to Lomelo from Kapedo. The attack happened after their vehicle got stuck. Not a single criminal linked to the killings has been arrested. Cases of banditry have also risen in the neighbouring Samburu County, where at least eight people have been killed in the past one month, including three children. In one of the incidents, a 16-year-old boy was allegedly shot by his friend when they were playing with guns. According to the police report, both David Lmaiman, who was a student at Barsaloi Mixed Day Secondary School in Samburu North, and his friend were armed with illegal firearms. On December 24, 2019, a 12-year-old boy was shot dead by a group of armed bandits at Bendera area, in Samburu North Sub-county. A number of bandits have been hiding in Suguta valley, together with stolen livestock. In April, police officers were deployed in Lomerok, Samburu North, after armed bandits raided Samburu East and drove away 50 head of cattle. A team of police officers went to help recover the stock, but was ambushed by bandits, who shot dead a senior officer. In November 2012, 42 police officers were killed by armed bandits at Suguta Valley where they had gone to recover stolen livestock. The bandits seem not to respect authority as they continue terrorising locals despite deployment of contingents of police officers to five camps in the sub-county. The camps are Nashora, Kambi Nyoka, Marti, Suyan and Loruk. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers are also at Ngorushe camp. Last week, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya told residents to brace themselves for a forceful disarmament set to start any time. Natembeya said the residents of Baringo and Samburu counties have been reluctant to surrender illegal firearms in their possession. Speaking in Baragoi during a lengthy security meeting on January 22, he said there has been an element of firearm unrest in the counties, despite numerous peace initiatives. “Illegal firearm holders have failed to obey directive to voluntarily return their firearms, this is why we are going for them,” said Natembeya.
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