KDF joins police in Laikipia to fight bandits

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 10 Sep, 2021 14:19 | 2 mins read

The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) has joined officers from the National Police Service (NPS) in an effort to quell the rising banditry attacks in Ol Muran area, Laikipia county.

On Thursday, August 10, KDF Chief of Staff General Robert Kibochi and other senior officers from the military joined Interior CS Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai at Ol Muran where the government said a multi agency team will work towards creating peace in the troubled region. 

“The multi-agency security operation currently ongoing in the troubled Laikipia County is led by the National Police Service and supported by the military is aimed at flushing out armed bandits and illegal herders who have invaded the conservancy, creating instability,” NPS said in a statement. 

On Friday, CS Matiangi created a new ward in the larger Ol Muran ward to serve as an administrative unit as the government works to root out the bandits troubling locals. 

Through a Kenya Gazette notice dated September 9, Matiangi created the new administrative district whose headquarters are in Kirima as a service delivery and coordination unit. 

The newly created sub-county will comprise Ngarua, Sipili and hard-hit Ol Moran ward.

“In exercise of powers conferred on me by section 14(!) and (3) of the National Government Co-ordination Act, 2013; and in effort to enhance coordination of the functions of the National Government, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government establishes the following administrative unit as service delivery co-ordination unit,” the gazette notice read. 

The creation of the new administrative unit by Matiangi comes alongside an announcement by Laikipia County government that highlighted major developments in the fight against banditry attacks in Ol Moran ward.

Operating from the troubled Ol Moran area, county governor Nderitu Muriithi announced that so far, his administration has received foodstuff and building materials donations from Nakuru county government to help in resettling survivors of the banditry attacks.

“The County Government of Nakuru has donated foodstuff and building materials to Ol Moran attack survivors. Internal Security CS Fred Matiang’i is expected to provide more support to the survivors in form of foodstuff and building materials,” the statement read in part.