The famous African writer Chinua Achebe once said “Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching.” In other words, for one to continue thriving in his or her zone, he must deal with the challenges.
This is exactly what the bandits are doing to execute their criminal activities, stealing livestock from owners regardless of the heavy presence of the security teams in the regions.
Since security personnel are camping in key areas known for bandits activities with an aim of restoring peace and ending the crime, it has now emerged that a section of the bandits is now turning to technology to carry out their criminal activities and to outsmart officers on the ground.
They are allegedly getting key information on where targeted cattle are being taken for grazing, how many police officers are securing the regions and their specific location.
"Phones have become a useful tool as attackers devise new tactics to carry out attacks. This makes it difficult for security officers to catch them, ”said Mr Mark Ajon Lokwawi, from Lokiriama, Loima, Turkana County.
A survey conducted by National Today in Turkana and West Pokot counties revealed that many pastoralists, especially young people between the ages of 18-40, own phones, which has become a crucial tool of their plans.
The bandits are also getting information from their leaders (attack commanders) within and outside their respective counties.
"The attackers are using mobile phones to plan attacks and raids. It helps them to communicate with their leaders and identify where the animals are being fed,” said Mr Ekiru.
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