Two killed in Marakwet East bandit attack
Two Kenya Police Reservists were yesterday killed by suspected bandits in Marakwet East, Elgeyo-Marakwet County.
According to residents, the bandits, who are said to be from Pokot, made away with numerous head of cattle.
Confirming the incident area Govenor Alex Tolgos decried insecurity in the area, noting that there have been numerous attacks in the recent past.
He questioned the government’s priorities, asking why state efforts were zeroed in on voter listing while lives were being lost in bandit attacks.
“Why should we recruit voters when we are losing many because of bandit attacks?” he posed.
Arguing that police have failed in the implementation of their security mandate, Tolgos asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to deploy Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to the region.
His remarks were echoed by former Inspector General of police, David Kimaiyo, with the ex-police boss asking President Kenyatta to ensure that politicians accused of inciting ethnic tensions are brought to book.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta must crack the whip and arrest suspected leaders to be put in custody. The president must find a lasting solution to cattle rustling menace,” said Kimaiyo.
Residents have now warned that they will be forced to take matters on their own hands and buy guns to protect themselves against the cattle rustlers.
Written by Majanga Michael
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