Ruthless bandits who have been wreaking havoc in the Kerio Valley have a reason to worry after what happened today.
It has been revealed that the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops taking part in the joint military and police operation dubbed "Maliza Uhalifu" were on Saturday visited by the Kenya Army commander, Lieutenant General P. M Njiru.
In a detailed update that KDF issued on Saturday evening, Lieutenant General P. M Njiru visited the troops as one way of boosting their morale and making them more vigilant as they engage with armed bandits..
Troops who were visited are those based at Kainuk in Turkana County, Tot in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Chemolingot in Baringo County and Kirimon in Laikipia County.
"This served as a morale booster to the troops in a bid to remain vigilant, alert and dedicated as they continue with their selfless service in flushing out banditry in their Areas of Responsibility.
"His visit underscored the significance of KDF operating under Operation Maliza Uhalifu and its critical role in the operation," read an update that was issued by KDF.
It should be noted that the government decided to deploy KDF in North Rift to team up with the National Police Service (NPS) after bandits kept on killing innocent civilians and police officers.
Just before the deployment of the military to join the operation, more than 100 civilians and at least 16 police officers had been killed by bandits and several heads of livestock taken away.
Banditry attacks are still being recorded in the region, but not as frequent as they used to happen before the deployment of the military.
With this crucial visit meant to boost the soldiers' morale, a lot of positive impacts are being anticipated and the war against the bandits is going to be won by the security forces, which gives bandits enough reasons to worry.
Present during the visit were General Officer Western Command Major General David Tarus, Deputy Inspector General-APS Mr Noor Gabow, Assistant Inspector General-SOG Mr Gilbert Masengele, ASOB Commander Brigadier A M Saman, Kenya Army Chief of Operations Brigadier N Muhindi and Artillery Brigade Commander Brigadier M Mwenga.
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