By Mathews Ndanyi
GSU officers have been deployed to Baringo North district after raiders torched down15 houses at Kagir and Barsuswa villages.Police boss Omondi Musewe said the officers will help quell tensions.
"We are pursuing the raiders who seem to have changed tact and are now burning houses to scare away residents," Musewe said. The cattle rustlers had recently burned down 30 homes displacing residents.
More than 10,000 people are homeless due to attacks since the beginning of this year especially in Marigat District. Baringo county commissioner Benard Leparamai said disarmament of residents in the region will go on as planned.
He said people with illegal guns should surrender them or be forced to give them up and face charges in court.Leparamarai said insecurity had paralyzed development programmes in most areas and the government would deal with the menace once and for all.
"We have asked all those holding guns illegally to surrender voluntarily or they will have to do so forcefully and face the law,"the county commissioner said.
Sources within security teams in the region said CID officers have been sent to investigate where cattle rustlers in Baringo, Turkana, Pokot and Samburu counties are buying arms.
The CID officers are checking border points believed to be routes used to smuggle illegal arms from neighbouring countries into Kenya.Within the last two years, the government has collected less than 4,000 guns under a voluntary surrender programme in the affected counties. More....