Kenya: Kindiki to Assess Progress of Ongoing Security Operation in Baringo

Nairobi — Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki is Thursday expected to assess the progress, successes and challenges of the ongoing Operation Maliza Uhalifu in Baringo County.

The Ministry of Interior and National Administration said Kindiki will visit several areas, especially in Ng’elecha Hills, Tandare Valley, Arabal, and Korkoron Hills.

He will proceed to Kimalel to preside over the graduation of 200 additional National Police Reservists who have completed their training and will be deployed to supplement the Joint Operation Team of the National Police Service (NPS) and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Baringo North and Baringo South constituencies.

Despite the ongoing operation in the North Rift, some parts including Samburu, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, and West Pokot, have continued to witness recurrent attacks.

On March 13, Kindiki ordered the immediate vacation of residents living in 27 gorges, escarpments, caves, ravines, hills, and forests as security forces moved in to expel bandits.

Disturbed areas

Kindiki’s visit comes a day after he announced a 30-day extension of orders designating parts of six bandit-prone counties in the North Rift as disturbed and dangerous.

These orders were initially issued on March 12, 2023, to facilitate Operation Maliza Uhalifu, a joint security operation involving the National Police Service and Kenya Defence Forces personnel.

CS Kindiki made the announcement Wednesday after touring Laikipia County to assess the progress and challenges of the ongoing security operation aimed at eradicating banditry.