Victims of the latest banditry attacks in Kerio Valley are reeling in shock and agony over their dead and maimed relatives, even as the government renews its promise to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the volatile region.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i visited Kerio Valley on Monday and pledged a tougher response to bandits who have continued to ride roughshod over residents, making their life miserable.
The latest victim of this mayhem is Denis Kimutai, 10, who is being treated at Kapsowar Mission Hospital in Elgeyo Marakwet County, for bullet injuries sustained when ruthless bandits attacked his school two weeks ago.
The Class Four pupil at Genesis Academy in Endo was shot in the left hand and lower abdomen but survived after doctors removed the bullets lodged in his body. His father, Alex Chepkonga, wondered why his son was shot yet he was not herding any cattle but studying in class.
"Now my son has life-threatening injuries. Who will cater for his hospital bills?" asked Mr Chepkonga.