Ruto’s CS Kin Killed By Bandits

Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale issued a 7-day ultimatum to DCI officers and Chiefs from Marakwet, Pokot, and Baringo to curb the menace.

He disclosed that the bandits operating in the area had killed at least ten people, including a relative to Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen.

During his tour of the region, he received a list of 20 suspects from the elders in Marakwet and Pokot that the DCI officers and Chiefs must arrest or punish within the stipulated timeframe.

He condemned the collaboration between the OCSs and the bandits, threatening to deal with the security officers that condone death and destruction in the North Rift.

As part of measures to guarantee the region’s peace, he promised to set up two military camps in the area. Also, Murkomen promised to construct 13 roads in Kerio Valley to stem the tide of insecurity.

However, the meeting took a dramatic turn when Duale clashed with Elgeyo Marakwet Woman Representative Caroline Jeptoo over the deployment of KDF soldiers.

Jeptoo had made a remark that no KDF soldier from the Marakwet and Pokot communities should be deployed in the region, bringing tribalism into the military agenda.

Duale snatched the microphone from her, warning her against raising such sentiments and emphasized that security must take precedence over tribal affiliations.

The next seven days would be a test for the DCI officers and Chiefs. Would they be able to curb insecurity in the region and apprehend the suspects? Or would they fall short and put the lives of innocent people in jeopardy? Only time would tell.