The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett has called on Meru and Isiolo residents to support security personnel in ending cattle rustling in the region.
Speaking at Kaaga Primary School during the second edition of the Administration Police Peace Half Marathon on Saturday, Mr Boinett said the days of cattle rustlers who claim that there is a 'livestock ATM’ in Meru are numbered.
“I am surprised that some steal other people's livestock and comfortably say that Meru is their ATM. We have increased the number of security personnel in the volatile areas and we hope the criminals will be brought to book soon,” said the IG.
The IG who was accompanied by the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Administration Police Samuel Arachi said civilians should immediately surrender illegal guns to the police.
This he said will help restore peace on the border of Meru and Isiolo counties.
Mr Boinett further advised residents to engage in economic activities rather than crime.
“The stolen livestock end up in the neighbouring counties and some are sold to dealers. We will ensure that owners get back their livestock,” he added.
Mr Boinnet maintained that police are on high alert to ensure all criminal groups in parts of the country are disbanded.
“We as the national police service are aware of the groups and we want those facilitating the groups to disband them,” he said.
National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis Ole Kaparo called on politicians to avoid inciting the public.
“The commission in collaboration with the police department will ensure that politicians campaign peacefully to avoid clashes,” said the former speaker of the National Assembly.