Kenyan authorities have beefed up security along the border of West Pokot and Turkana counties hit by cattle rustling to secure Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) national examination center.
The increased security follows the killing of one Pokot herder and abduction of a 12-year-old by Turkana tribesmen. Tension is high at the border of the two communities after the killing and theft of 600 herds of cattle.
Pokot County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo confirmed on Tuesday that security personnel have been deployed to protect schools along the border to enable candidates sit for their exams in a favorable environment.
“We have set up two General Service Unit (GSU) camps in the region, Lorogon and Turkwel to help curb insecurity in the region. We will ensure the national exams go on uninterrupted.” said Okwanyo.
He said dozens of officers are patrolling the border both night and day to ensure that there are no cases of attacks being reported while students are sitting for their national examinations.
“We have intensified security patrols along the border in bid to arrest bandits out to commit crimes,” he said. The herder was shot dead while the boy was abducted by cattle rustlers from Turkana community.
Tribal chief Joseph Korkimul said the attackers raided the village and escaped with animals.
County Director of Education John Owino warned that the final examination of 3,254 candidates in 52 centers will be disrupted unless security is beefed up to protect schools from cattle rustlers. More....