Kenya: Kindiki Orders Fencing of Liberated Bandit Hideouts in North Rift

Nairobi — The government has announced plans to fence liberated valleys, gorges and caves used as hideouts by bandits in the North Rift regions in a bid to preserve them form reoccupation.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki on Thursday ordered the immediate fencing of Korkoron hills and caves, Tandare Valley, Arabal Hills, Ng’elecha Ravine and Mukogodo forest saying a joint security taskforce had successfully flushed out bandits and armed criminals.

Speaking when he presided over the pass out of 200 newly trained National Police Reservists at Kimalel Grounds in Baringo, Kindiki said that the move is aimed at barring the expelled bandits from returning to the liberated areas.

“All these places are now free from bandits, but we must make sure they don’t return there again. Therefore, our NPS officers, the multi-agency teams here including our partners in this effort-the KDF, we must make sure that these places remain out of bounds for bandits and criminals for the rest of our time,” he said.

“We must not entertain a situation where theses criminals sneak back in the name of anything. These are now crime scenes we have sealed them off, they can graze and do whatever else elsewhere.”

The Interior CS warned that going forward, anybody found in the mapped areas will eb treated as a suspect of banditry and will be dealt with accordingly.

Kindiki also disclosed that security camps will be set up in those areas to ensure that the armed criminals and bandits do not regroup.