Tension as troops prepare to raid bandit zones following the expiry of vacation order

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The planned security operation against bandits in 27 areas identified by the government as hideouts is set to start Wednesday upon the expiry of a 24-hour window given by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure for residents to vacate.

The operation which began on February 23 is yet to yield any tangible results, at least according to a government admission on Sunday as bandits have outmaneuvered security forces who know very little about the terrain.

On Monday, the Interior CS reviewed an earlier directive for residents to vacate certain areas in order to pave way for a major security operation.

In the review, the CS included various areas on the list of locations where residents must vacate to allow ongoing security operations to flush out bandits.

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“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 are hereby included in the orders,” Kindiki said. 

He said as earlier directed, members of the public should vacate the areas within 24 hours commencing Monday at 7.30 pm.

“Any member of the public found in the spaces specified in this paragraph 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,” he said.

He however excluded several areas that were in the initial list released on Sunday.

“Kapelbok, Nakwamoru, Lobokat, Lokoron, the Turkwell Escarpment and Ombollion areas within Turkana and West Pokot Counties are hereby excluded from the orders,” said the CS


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