The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: One More Killed By Bandits, Hundreds Flee Homes in Baringo County

Photo: D. Nthengwe
One person has been killed and hundreds displaced by bandits in Baringo county (file photo).

One more person was shot dead yesterday as bandits raided Kiserian area in Baringo. This came just a day after bandits killed three police officers and a villager in Pokot East.

Speaking to the press, Baringo County Commissioner Benard Leparamarai said GSU personnel were deployed in the area.

He however noted that the terrain in the area is difficult making it hard for police to effectively deal with the bandits.

He said because of this, police have asked to use police choppers in pursuing the raiders who have displaced more than 15,000 people from their homes.

Leparamarai said they have opened up several GSU and AP camps in areas affected by the insecurity including within Arabal location of Marigat and Ngataruko in East Pokot.

"We will deploy all necessary measures to ensure that we deal with this insecurity problem in this region," he said.

Leparamarai spoke as some officers deployed in the region two month ago complained that they have been abandoned without support from police headquarters.

"We are not paid our allowances and getting food or water supplies is a major problem. This has made it even more difficult for us to operate in this risky area", said one of the officers.

He appealed to Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to intervene and have them supplied with necessities if they are to work effectively in the region.

Senior officers from the provincial headquarters in Nakuru visited the area to asses the security situation as the county commissioner chaired a security meeting in the region to discus the deteriorating situation.

Operations in schools and other government services have been paralysed for the last six month following increased cases of banditry in Baringo and neighbouring counties of Turkana and Pokot.

Reports indicated that Internal Security Minister Katoo Ole Metito and Kimaiyo plan to visit the area in the next few days to asses the situation.

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