President William Ruto ordered the military to build enough barracks around regions affected by perennial cattle rustling.
While distributing food in Turkana on Saturday, November 2, the president assured the residents of their safety as he stamped his authority in the insecurity-prone area.
"I know those who run the cattle rustling schemes are watching me now. I am warning you against trying my temper. Mtajua hamjui (You will face my full wrath).
"We are tired of our people dying and students dropping from school. Don't play around with our temper. We will bring an end to cattle rustling with whatever it takes. Even if it means bringing in the military to take care of this problem,” Ruto confirmed, much to the delight of the residents.
The president noted that banditry had affected food production in the regions of Northern Kenya, and there was a need to curb it.
"We will build a military barracks in the region to ensure we tackle the challenge of cattle rustling in this region,” Ruto assured.
The military garrisons under construction, he insisted, would fortify the region from criminal elements.
He cited Turkana, Samburu, Pokot and Baringo as areas flagged for bandit attacks.
“If you try me, you will know who I am. Let them not try me!” Dared Ruto.
The president also called on the community leaders to ensure that the region remains peaceful.
“No woman will cry again because of cattle rustling,” he declared.
Ruto spoke while distributing foodstuff to the drought-ravaged regions of Northern Kenya.