In order to live in the North Rift region and battle banditry, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki reportedly left his office in Nairobi, according to President William Ruto.
Ruto said to the congregation during a thanksgiving service on Sunday in Nakuru County that he had sent Prof. Kindiki from his office on Harambee Avenue to the area that was experiencing security problems, where he is expected to restore order.
Because he was at Baringo today, CS Kindiki is not present today.
He spent yesterday in Turkana.
In order to reside in the North Rift till the banditry is stopped, I have advised him to vacate his office in Nairobi, said Ruto.
He promised to ensure that no more lives be lost as a result of bandit attacks, stating his government has carefully planned how to combat banditry in the coming days.
“We have implemented every step within our power as a government.
The Head of State vowed to deal with those few arrogant people and ensure that no Kenyan perishes at their hands.
In the country’s North Rift region, cattle rustlers and bandits have wreaked devastation that has resulted in the loss of thousands of livestock, forced eviction of locals, and hundreds of fatalities.
Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, and Baringo counties are the most severely impacted.
Six persons, including four police officers, were killed in a bandit ambush on the Kitale-Lodwar route in Turkana County just two days ago, on Friday.
Seven cops, including a sub-county police commander, were hospitalized at the same time due to gunshot wounds sustained during the hours-long shootout that continued into the night.
A passenger in a car that was part of a convoy of cars being led by police captured the intense shootout, which was witnessed by roughly 300 bandits hiding out in the jungle.
Three persons were murdered and one badly hurt in another attack on Thursday in Turkana South’s Kakong district, where gunmen ambushed a public service vehicle headed towards Lodwar and pelted it with gunshots while pretending to be onlookers on the side of the road.