In a move to complement the government's efforts to combat baditry in North eastern Kenya, the government will seek to arm the Chiefs and assistant chiefs in the area.
According to Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Kithure Kindiki National Government Administrative Officers (NGAOs) will be subjected to a thorough screening exercise to establish whether they are suitable to carry firearms.
“You cannot expect an officer to pursue criminals and recover stolen livestock using a baton. I have directed the security teams in the counties affected by cattle rustling to vet our chiefs and assistant chiefs so that we can arm them to protect the lives and property of wananchi."
He also ordered the administrative officers in the areas to recruit an additional 200 National Police Reservists (NPRs) to enhance security efforts.
“We won’t have investment and socio-economic growth in Northern Kenya without lasting peace, security and stability. We can only open up this region to investment through improved policing."
Kindiki also ordered the County Commissioners of Isiolo and Wajir to begin the formalization of peace meetings and institutionalize the consultative framework of elders as a forum for dispute resolution.
“I strongly believe we can end the retrogressive practice of cattle rustling and clashes here if the elders are fully involved. You will constitute a 20-member team of elders from the two counties to steer peace talks and peaceful coexistence,” he said.
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