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Laikipia: Few learners report to school as relative calm restored

RIFT VALLEY
By Betty Njeru | September 14th 2021

Ol Moran pupils during a school assembly. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

No alarming incidents have been reported in Laikipia County and its environs, the National Police Service has said.

A police report on Tuesday stated that: “Residents of Laikipia woke up to a peaceful day and there were no alarming incidents at all.”

Learning has also resumed in the area despite low turnout registered in some schools.

Security officers donned in military regalia could be seen guarding learners at select schools in images provided by the National Police Service (NPS).

Police deployed to guard learners in Laikipia as schools reopen. [NPS]

On Monday, schools in Ol Moran, Laikipia West recorded a low turnout, following a month-long of indefinite closure after a wave of insecurity perpetrated by suspected bandits and invasion by herders.

A spot-check by The Standard on Monday, September 13, established that a majority of the schools remained shut after learners failed to turn up despite the Government’s assurance of security.

Miharati, Mirigwit, Ndunyu, and Tumaini Primary Schools had no learners but there was a heavy presence of police officers and National Police Reservists (NPRs).

Police, however, say they remain on high alert and will beef up security in Laikipia in a bid to flush out bandits.

Last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced a range of measures to curb unrest in the area.

Matiang’i created a new police division at Ol Moran, deployed more police reservists and announced a plan to set up elite police training base in the county.

The CS, who visited Laikipia on Friday, September 10, said a contingent of new police reservists will be deployed to the disturbed areas.

The elite police training base that would be established in the area would serve as a buffer zone between Laikipia residents and invaders from neighbouring counties, he stated.

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