Natembeya on meeting armed men from Laikipia: they have better guns than the police
Rift Valley Regional Commander George Natembeya has raised concerns about the heavy machinery the Laikipia bandits are using to carry out attacks.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday, September 7, Natembeya admitted that the bandits possess sophisticated weapons, which are often used by international armies in times of war.
The boss of the police explained that the weapons were very powerful and capable of mass destruction and death.
“While our officers use AK47 and G3 rifles, the bandits (in Laikipia) use M16s and other heavy devices, which are typically used by foreign armies that come to Kenya for training. get these heavy weapons, “Natembeya said in an interview with the press.
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The comments of the regional commander came after it emerged that seven people, including 3 police officers, were killed in bandit attacks in just a few weeks.
He further explained that the police would use force to try to bring out the thugs to help secure Laikipia and its neighboring counties.
Natembeya also noted that most of the thugs had moved to Laikipia from Baringo County, where the National Police Service (NPS) had waged war on them.
In the first mission since Interior CS Fred Matiang’i instituted a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCI) revealed that a multi-agency team had foiled an attempt to burn down a school.
“Following a security operation in Laikipia to flush out armed bandits, who invaded Laikipia Nature Conservancy, causing insecurity in the region, a multi-agency security team today foiled an alleged attempt to burn down Merigwiti Primary School.
“A school assessment established that only one store containing building materials (wood) caught fire, which was quickly extinguished without damaging the school,” the statement read in part.
Other counties that had been overwhelmed by cattle rustling and banditry attacks include Baringo, Isiolo and parts of Elgeyo Marakwet.
Kapedo was the hardest hit but was rehabilitated after months of security operations.
Police conduct an operation in Kapedo
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