Interior CS Kindiki issues shoot to kill order against bandits following the killing of three persons in Samburu.
Police fighting armed bandits in the turbulent Baringo County have been handed a shoot-to-kill order by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.
Kindiki gave the order while speaking in the Tiaty Constituency during the opening of the Akwichatis General Service Unit (GSU) Camp in Silale Ward.
“Any criminal who will try to use a weapon to shoot or try to harm a police officer will go on a one-way trip. We will buy him a ticket on a journey where you don’t come back,” he said.
The Interior CS noted that the security agencies manning the regions would deal with the criminals causing havoc in the North Rift region.
“The Government will not profile or criminalize any community. Security officers must with law-abiding citizens to identify the few criminal elements who terrorize innocent residents, impoverish them economically, and taint the image of an entire community,” the CS said.
According to the CS, counties in the North Rift that have been gazetted as hotspots for banditry remain operation zones as operation Maliza Uhalifu continues.
Kindiki further warned individuals financing the operations of criminal gangs in the region, calling on the security officers to arrest and prosecute those found to be supporting the illegal activities.
“Other than recovery of stolen livestock, security officers must also apprehend and prosecute masterminds, financiers, and handlers of stolen livestock.”
Kindiki noted that the criminals would not be allowed to profile communities in the troubled region, recounting the success that the operation has realized in the past months.
Kindiki warning comes after three people were killed by bandits with the other three left nursing gunshot wounds in Samburu County,
The attack came only hours before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) held the national celebrations of the International Day of Peace in the area.
NCIC and local leaders condemned the attack and called on the youth to abandon cattle rustling and seek alternative revenue streams.
“These celebrations should not end here we need to take it forward by thinking how best we can engage these Morans in a reasonable activity like self-employment, diversification of their livelihood so that they cannot continue with the culture of stealing,” Youth leader Evans added.
Local leaders on their part committed to preach and maintain peace among the warring communities.