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30 more guns recovered in Marsabit, Elgeyo Marakwet operations

In Operation Rejesha Amani Marsabit the team received five rifles, which were surrendered to local officials.

In Summary
  • In Elgeyo Marakwet, police said they recovered 21 assault rifles, 13 rounds of ammunition and 36 arrows from area residents.
  • Seven cows and 18 goats have also been recovered.
Some of the weapons recovered in Elgeyo Marakwet being displayed on June 16, 2022- NPS
Some of the weapons recovered in Elgeyo Marakwet being displayed on June 16, 2022- NPS

Close to 30 more guns have been recovered in the ongoing simultaneous operations in Marsabit and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

The multi-agency security team conducting the operation said they also detained dozens of suspects for grilling.

The latest recovery was made in the ongoing Operation Rejesha Amani Marsabit where the team recovered five rifles, which were surrendered to the local officials.

The firearms include three Carbine rifles loaded with two rounds of ammunition, an AK-47, and a G-3 without ammunition.

Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said the the National Police Service lauds the administrators and continues to encourage them to persuade their communities to surrender all the illegal weapons to the security agencies for the sake of lasting peace in the entire Marsabit county.

Officials said the operation will continue until at least 5,000 of the estimated guns in illegal hands in the county are retrieved.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said two weeks ago although the multi-agency team deployed in May had restored peace in the vast county, the mopping of illegal weapons must be concluded as a long-term security strategy.

He revealed that just over 200 guns, around 3,000 ammunitions, a grenade and assorted bayonets have been surrendered or recovered.

"We need to recover more guns, we will review this operation when we have around 3000 or so guns because we believe there are still many more guns in wrong hands," he said.

He further said the curfew that was extended for 30 days early this month will be in place until after the August 9 General Election.

The extension is intended to facilitate the operation to stabilise a county that has been a theatre of bloody conflicts that have claimed hundreds of lives over the years.

“We will stay on this assignment until this place remains peaceful. We have made assurances that we will not end the operation until after the general elections because we want this place to be peaceful during the campaigns, during the elections and even after the general elections,” Matiang'i said.

The officers are drawn from specialised units including the General Service Unit , Anti Stock Theft Unit, Rapid Deployment Unit and others. He hailed the deployment of the security team, saying it had succeeded in stopping bloody ethnic conflicts that have ravaged the county.

“Since the deployment of this team, we’ve not had a single security incident in Marsabit. We are very proud of the team for what it has achieved so far. Life has gone back to normal and Marsabit residents are now able to go on with their businesses,” the CS said..

In Elgeyo Marakwet, police said they recovered 21 assault rifles, 13 rounds of ammunition and 36 arrows from area residents.

So far 107 people have been arrested for various violations, 13 motor vehicles and 14 motorcycles have also been impounded and 36 arrows surrendered.

Seven cows and 18 goats have also been recovered.

Speaking on Thursday, Rift Valley regional commissioner Maalim Mohamed, accompanied by GSU Commandant Douglas Kanja, lauded area residents for working with police to make the exercise a success.