Three feared dead in Baringo banditry attack

Three feared dead in Baringo banditry attack

Three people are feared dead in Marigat, Baringo County following clashes between two communities living in the area.

The clashes that erupted at around 3:00am this morning are believed to have been ignited by an incident of cattle rustling.

According to Amos ole Mpaka, a human rights activist in the area, several animals were stolen during the early morning incident.

The residents have appealed to the government to enhance security in the area to stop a recurrence of such incidents.

This comes just a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned 30 armoured personnel carriers for the police at the GSU Training School in Nairobi.

During the ceremony, the president identified cattle rustling as one of the security threats facing the country.

Last year, County Commissioners from Nakuru and Baringo counties convened a high-powered inter county security meeting to address the recurrent cattle rustling in the area.

Commissioners Mohammed Birik of Nakuru and Peter Okwanyo of Baringo accompanied by senior security officers from the police service convened at Waseges in lower Subukia to find a lasting solution.

Waseges area, which borders Baringo and Laikipia counties, had been identified as a hotspot for bandits and cattle rustlers.

Waseges Member of County Assembly (MCA) Njenga Kang’ethe, who was part of the meeting, noted that among the issues discussed included the setting up of a permanent anti stock theft unit camp, provision of addition vehicles and police officers in the area.

He added that shortage of officers and vehicles made it difficult to pursue the rustlers.

Despite the area having potential for goat rearing, economic activities have been hindered by frequent raids forcing some residents to flee to safer havens in Subukia Town, which is more than 30 kilometers away.

 

 

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