5 Police Reservists Gunned by bandits in fresh attacks, Baringo

Five police reservists were, on Thursday morning, gunned down by suspected Pokot bandits in Kapsindum area, Baringo county.

Confirming the incident, County AP commandant Robinson Ndiwa, stated that the attackers made away with an unknown number of livestock at Kapindasum area.

The incident comes days after three people were killed when bandits attacked their rivals in Kainuk along the border of Turkana and West Pokot counties.

The RPC was further ordered to step up investigations into the role of identified individuals who were suspected of inciting violence in the area and bring them to book in accordance with the law. 

“I, therefore, call on members of the public to cooperate with Police Officers in an effort to deal with the rustlers who are out to wreck the peace and trust that the local residents have built amongst themselves,” Boinett directed.

Tension remains high along the border as political leaders from either side point fingers at each other.

MPs from Turkana accuse West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuowhile those from West Pokot blame Turkana South MP James Lomenen for incitement.

On Sunday, Lonyangapuo further blamed the authorities for failing to quell the tensions in the area.

“We are surprised by the behaviour of the officers from the other side who behave like people from another nation,” he stated. 

In response, the Inspector General ordered the Regional Police Commander Edward Mwamburi to use all available Police resources to stop the banditry and restore law and order to allow members of the public to lead normal lives.

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