Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai is set to meet with local leaders from Elgeyo Marakwet County to discuss insecurity cases that have hit Kerio Valley.
This is according to Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who said that Mutyambai was ready to send more officers in the region that has been hit by bandit attacks in the recent past.
Two days ago, an unknown number of bandits raided a village, killed four people before making away with tens of cows.
The incident was condemned by local leaders from the county who were led by Murkomen as they demanded that security is improved and the issue about bandits solved for once and for all.
“I have spoken to the Inspector General of Police and he has promised to relook at the strategy and to strengthen the security response with proper integration of community support,” he said.
According to Murkomen, there was need of locals maintaining peace as they tried to get a solution to the challenges that they were facing.
“Despite the pain and misery, we have undergone, I beg our people to maintain peace and not to seek any kind of revenge. We have secured peace with our neighbors in the past. If we can only get full support of the state, I believe that the problem of cattle rustling and senseless bloodshed will be a thing of the past,” he said.
Murkomen also said that he was ready to work with leaders from both the Pokot and Marakwet region in ensuring that peace is restored in the county.
On Monday morning, the National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) condemned the recent killings of the four people.
The council’s chairperson Stephen Cheboi said that the people who reside within Kerio Valley have the right to peace.
Cheboi asked local leaders and the government to work round the clock and ensure they restore peace in the region.
“These incidents should come to an end, we urge the Government to take stern measures and end the innocent killings that have engulfed the area as result of barbaric acts of cattle raids and banditry,” the statement by Cheboi read in part.