Bandits dare interior CS Kithure Kindiki as they lit fires a short distance from he was addressing public baraza.
In Tiaty, Baringo County, on Saturday, bandits brazenly started fires not far from where Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki was speaking at a public baraza.
Hours after CS Kindiki left the Nadapal region, another gang of bandits shot and injured three individuals in Turkana South.
However, the interior minister promised to utilize all legal means to rid the area of the bandits who have brought tremendous pain to the locals.
Kindiki’s security visit to Baringo County saw him make stopovers in several perceived bandit hotspots to assess the security situation.
Following President William Ruto’s directive to ensure all schools in the conflict-stricken Baringo are open, Kindiki’s first stop was at Kapindasum Primary School, one of the worst affected schools in the area that has been on and off for the past two years.
Arabal Primary School is another one institution that has not had a bell ring since February last year.
With just a hand full of students back, parents say they’re keeping their children at home fearing that bandits are lurking in the bush.
And lurking they were, during CS Kindiki’s visit there, as smoke was seen bellowing from the nearby forest; the action of some daring bandits showed the Interior CS that they were not far from where he was.
“Wanazunguka hapa na madharau na kejeli na kelele vile wako na silaha na vile sisi hatuwezi fanya kitu. We are going to move in and use all the human resources we have, we will, by land and by air, from wherever they are,” stated the CS.
Kindiki said the bandits have crossed the line and touched a raw nerve, promising more than just empty talk to Baringo and the North.
“Sasa naona wametuzoea, na mimi nasema ya kwamba nadhani hawajui sisi ni new dispensation, wacha nikuambie hii Baringo sitawachana nayo mpaka wakati wataisha,” he added.
CS Kindiki also called on residents who had fled their homes for fear of bandit attacks to go back home assuring them of their security.
“Nataka tusimamishe mambo ya mikutano ya hadhara, serikali na wananchi pande moja, na magaidi pande moja, wacha tupambane na wao sasa,” stated Kindiki.
This even as yet another daring attack was orchestrated by bandits on the village of Lokwar in Kaputir location, Turkana South.
The attack that saw three shot and injured including a student happened hot on the heels of Kindiki’s visit to Nadapal in the volatile north of Turkana.