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Laikipia Conservancy still infested by bandits - Natembeya

Natembeya says restoration on peace and security in Laikipia on course

In Summary

•Natembeya said the bandits barricaded a road with boulders attacked the GSU officers when they alight from their armored vehicle to remove the rocks.

•Two General Service Unit officers were killed and an Inspector of Police attached to the same unit injured by criminals during the ambush at the conservancy.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya addresses the press at his office in Nakuru
LAIKIPIA Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya addresses the press at his office in Nakuru
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Security has been restored in the disturbed areas of Laikipia County, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has said.

Speaking during a press briefing, Natembeya said the criminals who had invaded Laikipia Nature Conservancy were feeling the heat of the ongoing clean-up.

But he noted that Laikipia Nature Conservancy was still infested with bandits after four security officers were killed.

He said they were responding by ambushing security officers including Kenya Defense Forces personnel who had responded to the attack.

“Clean-up at the conservancy is ongoing, the bandits are being forced out and the attacks on the security forces are the last kicks of a dying donkey because they are not happy that their haven is being taken over,” he said.

Natembeya said the bandits barricaded a road with boulders attacked the GSU officers when they alight from their armored vehicle to remove the rocks.

Two General Service Unit officers were killed and an Inspector of Police attached to the same unit injured by criminals during the ambush at the conservancy.

“Government has restored peace and security outside Laikipia Nature Conservancy, normalcy has resumed and all displaced families who had camped at Ol-Moran town have gone back to their homes,” Natembeya said.

Natembeya said the government was constructing houses for 29 families whose homes had been torched by bandits.

KDF is also reconstructing a classroom at Meriguit which was also burnt during the violence.

Natembeya said Security had also been restored in other parts of the North Rift namely Baringo, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet.

“What is being experienced in Laikipia started in Baringo areas of Kapedo, Arabal and Mukutani which are all quiet now,” he said.