Elgeyo Marakwet Authorities Strategize on Combatting Banditry

ELGEYO MARAKWET – Local security officials in Elgeyo Marakwet County convened a critical meeting in Chesongoch, Marakwet East, to formulate strategies against the recent surge in banditry that has led to school closures and the displacement of hundreds of families in the area. The session was aimed at discussing sustainable peace solutions and security measures to counter the escalating banditry incidents.

According to Kenya News Agency, the meeting was essential, especially following a brief period of calm, to consolidate gains and address the urgent need for enhanced security. The region has been experiencing recurrent cattle raids and violent attacks, prompting significant concern and the need for decisive action. In response to the President’s directive, local security forces have relocated police posts closer to the Kerio River, achieving about 70% of the intended relocation goals to date.

Korir elaborated on the operational improvements made, including the construction of access roads to new police posts and camps, which has significantly boosted the response capabilities of security personnel. Despite these advances, he underscored the necessity for continued vigilance and inter-agency cooperation to tackle the underlying issues fueling banditry.

In addition to law enforcement efforts, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Wisley Rotich called for community involvement in promoting peace and collaboration with security forces. Acknowledging recent successes in recovering stolen cattle, with 80% already returned to rightful owners, both Korir and Rotich emphasized the ongoing commitment to recovering the remaining livestock and ensuring the safety and well-being of the county’s residents.

Governor Rotich also highlighted plans to improve local infrastructure and convene meetings with various community stakeholders, including professionals and local leaders, to develop a comprehensive approach to eradicating banditry. Such initiatives aim to foster a sense of community resilience and collective responsibility in maintaining peace and security across Elgeyo Marakwet.

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