President William Ruto on Sunday, February 12, revealed that he had issued instructions to Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to relocate from his Nairobi-based office and reside in the North Rift region in a bid to solve the area’s insecurity crisis.

Speaking during an interdenominational Church service at the Nakuru Athletic Club Grounds, Nakuru County, Ruto noted that Kindiki was under strict instructions not to leave the North rift region until peace is restored in the region.

He added that those were part of the government’s concerted efforts in  dealing with the bandit-prone areas.  

“I know we have issues regarding security operations in North Rift. Out of all CSs you have been shown, the Interior CS is not here. This is because he is there. Today he was in Baringo.

“Previously, he was in Turkana. I instructed Kindiki to leave Nairobi and go live in the North Rift until the vice of people losing their lives stops. With the government’s efforts, we will deal with them and ensure no Kenyan life is lost. We will deal with them ruthlessly,” he noted.

Ruto’s ultimatum came after four police officers were killed along the Kitale-Lodwar Highway after 300 suspected armed bandits ambushed them during their normal patrols.

In addition, political leaders drawn from the Rift Valley region had called for Ruto to deploy military officers to the bandit-prone areas.

According to Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen, complete disarmament of all communities 

would be the most effective solution to restore peace in the regions.

“The best solution is full disarmament, with the ultimate support from each of us, to make sure that we get rid of all guns and we support Prof. Kithure Kindiki who is now sleeping in the bush dealing with banditry.”

“It is time we put concerted efforts to make sure that the military and the police hold hands together to get all illegal guns from people,” Murkomen stated.

The situation in Kerio Valley keeps deteriorating as chaos seems to be prevailing with constant attacks from bandits. Reports indicated that 27 people including four police officers have been killed by bandits in the past 40 days.

Sourced from Kenyans

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