POLICE DIVISION SET UP

Matiangi sets up new police bases in Laikipia, orders reopening of schools

Matiangi has directed the reopening of schools that have closed due to insecurity beginning Monday.

In Summary

• Interior CS Fred Matiangi said an entire police division will be stationed at the newly-gazetted Kirima division and two additional police stations established in the area.

• The CS also announced a training base for elite police officers will be established in the area and more police reservists hired and armed.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i during a security meeting in Naibor, Laikipia county, on July 28, 2021
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i during a security meeting in Naibor, Laikipia county, on July 28, 2021
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The Government has deployed more police officers and created new administrative units to shore up security in Laikipia County.

Interior CS Fred Matiangi said an entire police division will be stationed at the newly-gazetted Kirima division and two additional police stations established in the area that is prone to bandit attacks.

Matiang'i on Friday created a new administrative sub county to tackle insecurity in the area.

He said the creation is expected to bring government and security agencies closer to the backwaters of Sipili and Ng'arua.

The CS who was speaking at Ol Moran trading centre that is hosting families uprooted by the attacks also announced a training base for elite police officers will be established in the area and more police reservists hired and armed.

"It is our cardinal responsibility to take care of you and your property. This is not a short term exercise, but a sustained operation. We will triple the number of officers and stay here until we conclusively sort out this issue," he said.

Matiangi directed the reopening of schools that have closed due to insecurity beginning Monday and assured residents enough police officers will be deployed to ensure safety.

On Tuesday, there was a suspected arson attempt in one of the schools in the area.

According to a police report, suspected armed bandits torched down a store in Merigwiti Primary and intended to cause more damage.

Matiang'i has assured displaced families that the government will help them return to their farms and tore build houses razed down by bandits.

The CS donated assorted foodstuffs, bedding and iron sheets to the more than 150 affected families.

To expedite land adjudication and issuance of title deeds to residents, the CS said officials from the Ministry of Lands will camp in the area in the coming days.

"You have a right to live and own property anywhere in the Republic of Kenya. This is our country. Whoever thinks they can drive you out has simply underestimated the power of the government. No Kenyan will be displaced due to the balkanization we witness when approaching the elections. We are not short of means. We are resolute as government, and among the strategies, we are deploying is the issuance of title deeds,” he said.

The CS put on notice politicians inciting violence and said more of them will be arrested.

“I want to be honest with our political leaders. You are not going to use the lives of our people as collateral. We understand the kind of balkanization towards elections. We know what you plan and the people you fraternize with. We are coming for you,” he said.

Edited by D Tarus