Residents living in fear following rampant banditry attacks

Residents of Baringo County have raised their concerns over rising tension in some parts of Baringo North and South over what they termed is attacks being carried out by bandits in the area.

Addressing media on Thursday at the Nakuru Level 5 hospital where one middle aged man is nursing serious injuries sustained from the attacks carried out on Tuesday night, they expressed their disappointment in government over the matter.

Another young man was also discharged at the same facility after receiving treatment.Led by Richard Cheptomei, the locals said they are now living in fear following the rampant attacks experienced in Chemoe location in Baringo North.

They have called on the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i to move in with speed and ensure security for the locals who are now living in fear.

“We want CS Matiang’i to move in and restore peace in this area”said Cheptomei.

Sentiments echoed by Mr. Samson Koima who says it is so disappointing that locals are living in fear yet the government of the day is silent on the matter.

He said the disarming of Kenya Police Reservists in some of the areas is the reason behind the attacks hence the government should re-think of the decision.Koima faulted the security team in the area led by County commissioner for not acting despite the locals raising alarm over the attacks.

“I wonder why the government is silent on this matter. When there were attacks in Matungu, Mumias we saw CS Matiang’i visit but this is happening here but he has not. Even the County commissioner is silent on the matter” said Koima.

Their sentiments coming barely 3 days after a section of Members of Parliament from Baringo criticized the government for withdrawing guns from Kenya Police Reservists in the county saying it has led to increased insecurity.

The leaders led by Baringo South MP Charles Kamuren said banditry has increased making people live in fear and schools being closed.

On her part, the county Woman Representative Gladwell Cheruiyot has called on the government to deploy security officers in the county to contain the situation.

Baringo North MP William Cheptumo on his part said every Kenyan deserves to live in a secure area and asked the government to treat all Kenyans equally.

The Kenya Police Reservists in the North Rift were last week directed to surrender their guns for registration.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Residents of Baringo County led by Mr.Richard Cheptomei(centre)and Mr.Samson Koima(right) addressing media in Nakuru after visiting Nakuru Levl 5 hospital where middle aged man is nursing serious injuries sustained from the attacks carried out on Tuesday night.

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