A series of banditry attacks has taken place in Kerio Valley this week, even as a special security operation has been extended to neighbouring counties.
Police reservists and regular officers have engaged cattle rustlers in fierce firefights. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Army will have to be deployed one of these days as more and more people flee their homes.
The bandits are reported to be hiding in Laikipia county after fleeing Baringo.
It is instructive that State House political adviser Joshua Kuttuny has said the ongoing security operation in Baringo and Kerio Valley may not help to end banditry in the region.
He says the security operation, like others before it, may only end up breeding hatred and division among communities.
Baringo and other pastoral areas must not become no man’s land. Massive affirmative action is needed to establish a permanent government presence in these areas, build churches and schools and discourage the cattle-keeping mindset.
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