Kindiki blames former president Uhuru Kenyatta for increased insecurity in Kerio Valley.
On Tuesday, January 3, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki disclosed that the recent spike in banditry attacks was caused by former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to withdraw police reservists.
The CS asserted during his tour of Kerio Valley that the reservists’ withdrawal was motivated by retaliation against President William Ruto politically.
Kindiki claimed that the 2021 decision had created an environment that was encouraging a rise in criminal activity in North Rift and was on the verge of becoming out of control.
“The decision to withdraw the nearly 10,000 reservists abruptly and without basis has caused a great loss of innocent lives and deprivation of property,” he stated.
“We regret the decision that was taken one year ago to withdraw the National Police Reservists from all the counties where there has been bloodshed through killings by cattle rustlers.”
The Interior CS further warned the persons involved in the banditry attacks of impending action from the government.
“If they (criminals) think they have enough weapons, I want to assure them that I am ready to use the entire Ministry’s budget to confront them,” he warned.
Additionally, Kindiki ordered the National Police Service’s top brass instructions to respond quickly to security-related incidents.
He further urged police personnel to use deadly force when required to defend both their lives and the lives of the community.
Kindiki commanded the quick restoration of police reservists in Kerio Valley and other banditry-affected regions in response to recent attacks that resulted in the deaths of two youngsters.
He also disclosed intentions to enlist more reserve personnel to help neutralize the risks presented by organized criminal elements.
“Reiterated the government’s position to restore and even enhance the numbers of the National Police Reservists in 14 bandit-prone counties with immediate effect,” he stated.