Gov't reviews list of bandit-infested areas residents must vacate by Tuesday

for Tv47 Digital March 14, 2023, 07:58 AM
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki on bandits
Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki has ordered residents in specific areas to vacate them by Tuesday, March 14 2023 at 7:30 pm. PHOTO/MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

In Summary

  • Interior CS Prof. Kithure Kindiki says security agencies have been undertaking intelligence gathering and engaging in meticulous intel gathering in the last 25 days, and have come up with areas they believe act as hideouts for the bandits.

    • "We are taking this war to their hideout by land and on air. The path we have chosen is full of hazards. Just this week we have lost nearly a dozen people in this location. We are aware that this war is going to be costly on us. Civilians and security officers alike," CS Kindiki says.

    The Government on Monday, March 13 revised the areas where residents will be expected to vacate with immediate effect, as they are hideouts for bandits in North Rift region.

    In a statement from Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki, government removed Kapelbok, Nakwamoru, Lobokat, Lokoron, the Turkwell Escarpment and Ombollion areas within Turkana and West Pokot Counties from the areas that residents need to vacate immediately.

    Members of the public are advised to continue with their daily activities, but in adherence to an ongoing security operation - carried jointly by the police and military - that started on February 13 this year.

    Additional bandits hideouts

    However, the Ministry has added additional areas to the list of hideouts that habour dangerously armed criminals, therefore rdering residents to vacate them within 24 hours starting Monday, March 13 at 7:30pm.

    These added areas are; Ng’elecha Hills and Gorges, Ramacha and Losokoni Caves, Laramoru Gorges, Karau Hills, Noosidan Escarpment, Rugus Caves and the Amaya Gorges at the interface of Baringo, Laikipia and Samburu Counties.

    "Any member of the public found in the [aforementioned] spaces... after Tuesday 14th March 2023 1930 HOURS will be treated as a suspect of armed banditry, or as a suspect of aiding and abetting banditry, or an accessory after the fact," Prof. Kindiki said in the statement.

    The government has ordered residents in the areas it has designated as 'bandit-infested' to vacate the areas by Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 pm. PHOTO | MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

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