Tugen residents in Baringo North subcounty are on edge after they suffered three attacks in six days by Pokot bandits. The bandits attacked between February 6 and 11.
Saimo-Soi MCA Richard Kampala on Monday told the media in Kabarnet town that residents fear the bandits might soon turn seemingly harmless animal thefts into major attacks.
Kampala said on February 6 the rustlers stole 54 goats from farmer Joseph Kipyekomen in Loruk village at 10pm. They drove the animals towards Korosi ward in Tiaty subcounty.
On February 10 they raided the same village at night and drove away 14 goats belonging to Loruk Primary School teacher William Keserit.
On Saturday 11 they struck Chepkoi village and stole Ng’aratuko Primary School teacher Sarah Kiptoon’s 200 goats.
Kampala said villagers tracked the animals’ prints to Chemeril and Paka hills in East Pokot. None of the animals has been recovered.
“In fact, as we speak, I have just received [information] that an unknown number of bandits is hiding in the bush ready to attack Kabsebeiwa village tonight,” he said.
Kampala said the villages most at risk include Kagir, Kapsebeiwa, Kosile, Loruk, Ng’aratuko and Yatya. He said some families have fled.