Deputy President William Ruto has broken his silence following increased cases of banditry attacks in Laikipia. In his statement, he highlighted the plight of Laikipia residents who have been spending sleepless nights with others losing their lives and loved ones in the attacks.
Ruto pointed fingers at the police boss for failing to effectively look into the matter and restore peace in the area. According to him, the security of Kenyans comes first and that police officers should be held accountable of the rising levels of insecurity there.
His words come as hundreds have fled their homes when riots broke out in the Laikipia reserve located in the Rift Valley in Kenya.
Authorities have expressed concern over armed men who were fighting with police. More than 12 people have been killed, including six who were killed last week
Gunfire was heard and smoke seen and police said the bandits were heavily armed causing havoc in the region.
Residents have been fleeing their own homes where they have been living for decades. Attackers at Laikipia private reserve are also said to be grazing their livestock fearlessly on unprotected farmers' maize fields.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya claimed that the invaders had M16 rifles, which were are overly powerful compared to those used by Kenyan Police Officers.
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