North Eastern Chiefs To Be Armed – CS Kindiki

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has ordered that chiefs and their assistants serving in banditry-affected areas be armed in order to aid in the fight against the menace.

    Kindiki, who was touring the counties of Wajir and Isiolo at the time, stated that the move would be preceded by a thorough vetting of the administrators to determine their suitability to bear arms and accountability for the use of firearms.

    “You cannot expect an officer to pursue criminals and recover stolen livestock using a baton. I have directed the security teams in the counties affected by cattle rustling to vet our chiefs and assistant chiefs so that we can arm them to protect the lives and property of wananchi,” he said.

    Kindiki stated on Thursday, November 25, at Arbajahan Primary School in Wajir County, that administrators will work with police officers to combat crime and properly enforce law and order.

    The CS, dressed in rare police combat gear, also ordered the recruitment of 200 additional National Police Reservists (NPRs) in the area as part of efforts to strengthen the security sector and provide a stable environment for development.

    “We won’t have investment and socio-economic growth in Northern Kenya without lasting peace, security and stability. We can only open up this region to investment through improved policing.”

    Kindiki also directed the Wajir and Isiolo County Commissioners to formalize peace meetings and to institutionalize the consultative framework of elders as a dispute resolution forum.

    “I strongly believe we can end the retrogressive practice of cattle rustling and clashes here if the elders are fully involved. You will constitute a 20-member team of elders from the two counties to steer peace talks and peaceful coexistence.”

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    Two more ASTU Camps recently built in the area will also be opened and staffed with officers to increase security. The CS also stated that the government intends to operationalize the administrative units in the area.

    Kindiki recently increased his security trips across banditry-prone areas to assess security challenges and make interventions to improve security, and he was accompanied by Deputy Police IG Noor Gabow, Wajir County Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, and local elected leaders.