Govt's Tough Decision After 3 Children Killed in Kerio Valley

  • _Interior CS Fred Matiang'i addressing the 10th Afripol Meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2022..jpg
    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i addressing the 10th AFRIPOL Meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
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  • The government now says it is contemplating imposing a dusk to dawn curfew in Kerio Valley and parts of Elgeyo Marakwet following the killing of three primary school pupils by bandits on Sunday, May 29.

    Speaking to journalists on Friday, June 3, Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, announced that his Ministry had proposed the imposition of a curfew and was awaiting approval from the National Security Council chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Matiang'i stated that the government is being forced to make tough decisions after several attempts to bring peace to the region through dialogue failed.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta being received by the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Gen Robert Kariuki Kibochi at Uhuru Gardens for Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1, 2022.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta being received by the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Gen Robert Kariuki Kibochi at Uhuru Gardens for Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1, 2022.
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    'We are beginning to draw to two critical exercises we want to do in that area. One is to reorganise the deployment of security and the other one we are also contemplating a declaration of curfew subject to the NSC clearance. That will enable us to carry out operations similar to the one in Marsabit.

    "That belt requires a new approach. We have exhausted all means of trying to address the misconduct of the people in that area. We have had meetings with leaders and we have asked leaders to talk to their people about primitive acts such as cattle rustling," he stated.

    The tough speaking CS warned the residents against complaining the moment security agencies launch operations in the area, affirming that all culprits will be brought to book.

    "The time has now come for us to deal with that area with unprecedented firmness. We are going to apply fire that they have never seen."

    In regard to the Kajiado shootings where four civilians lost their lives after police officers allegedly opened fire on protestors, the CS revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that he and the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, visit the crime scene and apologise to the families in person.

    He stated that the families of the deceased would be compensated, adding that the government was working to resolve incidents of human-animal conflict, which led to the protests and the deaths.

    He added that Mutyambai was tasked with overseeing the investigations and that he would update Kenyans on the progress of the investigations.

    "The president in his capacity as the chairman of the National Security Council this morning decided that non other than the IG and myself, not only go to those families and say sorry for what happened, but also monitor investigations into what happened.

    "We will support those in hospital. The government will support them and we will do all we can to ensure that we reduce those incidents," stated Matiang'i.

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