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Police map raiders’ escape routes amid protests of rising insecurity

Sunday January 6 2013

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

The government has started mapping escape routes used by bandits in cattle rustling-prone areas of Baringo County.

Rift Valley Provincial Police Officer John M’mbijiwe and Baringo County Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai on Sunday led senior police officers in identifying banditry hotspots along the common borders of Marigat, Baringo North and East Pokot districts.

Mr M’mbijiwe said aerial surveillance would be intensified in all hotspots.

Baringo police chief Charles Musewe said security personnel would be stationed permanently in the affected areas to help deal with raiders.

The government’s intervention comes in the wake of renewed cattle raids that have displaced more than 3,000 people in the volatile Bartabwa division in the last one week.

The situation has adversely affected education in the area and more than seven primary schools are at risk of failing to open Monday.

However, Mr M’mbijiwe said adequate security officers would be sent to Bartabwa and Arabal areas to ensure the schools open.

Speaking in Kabarnet town before flying to the affected zones, the PPO said additional officers had been sent to Kagir, Chemoe and Chepkesin locations to seal off all routes used by the raiders.

In neighbouring Trans Nzoia County residents have raised the alarm over increased cases of insecurity in the run up to elections.

In one incident, a woman and her three children sustained injuries at Soweto area when six gang of six gangsters raided their house at night.

Two other people were attacked by gangsters who robbed them of their mobile phones and money. Parliamentary aspirant Janepher Masis said she feared for her life after a gang raided her home last week.

The residents blamed the attacks on some politicians whom they accused of using violence to intimidate their opponents.

Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Charity Chepkonga urged clam among residents and pledged to deploy more security officers to the affected areas.