Security teams escort Laikipia students to homes after school closure

The students were returning home for holidays.

In Summary

•The launch of the multi-agency operation by the government in early September made possible the reopening of schools and resumption of normal business operations.

•Robust multi-agency patrols continue in the region towards enhancing security for the residents.

Security teams escorting the students in Laikipia.
Security teams escorting the students in Laikipia.
Image: NPS

A multi-agency security team in Laikipia County was on Saturday forced to escort Ol Moran Secondary School students to their various homes in Lonyek.

The students were returning home for holidays.

The School’s Principal John Kimathi thanked the troops for their proactiveness and readiness to support the community.

The launch of the multi-agency operation by the government in early September made possible the reopening of schools and resumption of normal business operations.

Robust multi-agency patrols continue in the region towards enhancing security for the residents.

Last week, Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya said security operation to flush out bandits from private ranches and restore order in Laikipia is proceeding well.

The students boarding a school bus.
The students boarding a school bus.
Image: DCI

In what seems to be an about-turn from his earlier statement that bandits in the area were using sophisticated weapons, Natembeya said the only remaining challenge for the multiagency security team is how to manoeuvre in some of the remote areas.

He noted that the few marauding gangs who have been moving around the vast ranches with illicit firearms frustrating security operations have all been flushed out.

 “We are proceeding well and you know this is not a one day thing. It is going to take some bit of time before we achieve total serenity in the area. The few challenges will come to an end in the next two to three months,” Natembeya said.

He was speaking in Bomet when he toured the county to inspect national government projects under implementation in the area.

Tension has been high in some areas which include Miteta, Mirando, Wangwaci and Ol Moran with residents being forced to flee for fear of being attacked by armed gangs.

Some schools were also burnt forcing the government to deploy security officers and declare Laikipia North and Laikipia West disturbed zones.

Early this month, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the affected areas and directed that anyone who illegally moved their animals into the conflict zone, including politicians, to remove them.