Ruto orders the military to deal with bandits in Pokot and Turkana

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President William Ruto has ordered a joint security exercise between the National Police Service and the Kenya Defence Forces as the government struggles to contain bandits who are wrecking havoc in the North Rift.

While speaking from the Nakuru State Lodge today, the Head of State also announced a three-day voluntary disarmament exercise starting tomorrow.

The president’s order comes a day after he ordered Interior Affairs CS Kithure Kindiki to relocate to the North Rift until all acts of banditry have been quelled. 

“CS Kindiki is not here today because he was in Baringo today. He was in Turkana yesterday. I have told him to leave his office in Nairobi to go and live in the North Rift until the banditry comes to an end,” said Ruto yesterday at a thanksgiving service in Nakuru.

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“We have put in place all measures we can in our capacity as the government. We will deal with those few proud individuals and make sure no Kenyan loses their life to them,” said the Head of State.

On Friday, six people, among them four police officers, lost their lives in a bandit attack on the Kitale – Lodwar highway at Kaakong area of Turkana County.

On Thursday, three people were killed and one critically injured in another attack at Kakong area in Turkana South, where bandits who posed as bystanders along the road ambushed a Lodwar-bound Public Service Vehicle, spraying it with bullets.

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