DP Rigathi Gachagua Summons Six Governors Over Turkana Attack

  • Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua durring a meeting with governors from counties affected by drought .jpg
    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a meeting with governors from counties affected by drought on Monday, September 26, 2022.
    Rigathi Gachagua
  • Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has summoned six governors for a crisis meeting following the banditry attack in Kakiteitei Village in Turkana  County.

    Speaking on Monday, September 26 during a meeting with governors from counties affected by drought, Gachagua announced that Turkana's Jeremiah Lomorukai and Baringo's  Benjamin Cheboi will be expected in the session.

    The deputy president also summoned the leadership of the National Police Service (NPS) and General Service Unit (GSU) to deliberate on how to tackle the insecurity issue in the region. 

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, CSs James Macharia, Margaret Kobia, Ukur Yatani and Garissa Township MP Aden Dualae durring a meeting with governors from counties affected by drought
    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia, Margaret Kobia, Ukur Yatani, and Garissa Township MP Aden Duale during a meeting with governors from counties affected by drought on September 26, 2022.
    Rigathi Gachagua

    "The governors from West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Laikipia, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, we are inviting you for a meeting tomorrow at 8.30 a.m to discuss the security situation in that part of the country.

    "It cannot be that governors have no say in security matters yet it affects their own people. We will meet with our officers who are handling security including the acting IG Noor Gabow and the GSU commandant to agree on what to do," he noted.

    Gachagua explained that the government had taken a policy direction that would see the county governments work in hand with the national government which would yield better results in tackling the problems facing Kenyans.

    The summon comes after President William Ruto issued a directive compelling security organs across the country to firmly deal with the bandits following the early morning attack on September 24 that left eleven people dead.

    "After receiving a comprehensive report on the Turkana/Pokot incident,  I have ordered security agencies to deal decisively and conclusively with those involved. Cattle rustling will stop and this is not a polite request," Ruto stated.

    Meanwhile, a sting operation roping in security officers from the NPS and the GSU has begun in Kakiteitei to hunt down the  bandits and quell any subsequent security threats.

    On September 26, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) condemned the attack and called for the leadership of police to take proportionate action to contain the situation.

    "IPOA further cautions members of the public against attacking security personnel. This is tantamount to challenging Kenya's sovereignty and calls for a firm and lawful response by the police."

    "It is our hope that there will be a decisive decision action by the police leadership proportionate to the gravity of the crime committed in Namariat," IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori stated.

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