In a failed attempt to raid Kapturo village in Bartabwa ward, Baringo County, two bandits met their demise at the hands of police officers.
Baringo County Police Commander Julius Kiragu disclosed that a well-executed ambush by the security team on patrol resulted in the elimination of the assailants.
During the operation, the officers successfully recovered two AK-47 rifles along with 21 rounds of ammunition.
The incident follows another bout of banditry in the Ngaratuko area of Saimo Soi ward, where bandits shot and injured a 19-year-old herder, fleeing with an unspecified number of livestock.
Expressing concern over the recent events, Baringo North MP Joseph Makilap urged swift action by security officers.
Reflecting the escalating banditry cases, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki convened a strategy and operational review meeting with operation commanders and heads of various security agencies.
Despite acknowledging the progress made in countering bandit attacks, Kindiki stressed the need for continued efforts to neutralize persistent threats in the Northern Rift Valley.
In a press conference following the meeting, he stated, “The government has intensified efforts to eradicate violent bandit attacks
While significant strides have been made, there is a need for more action to completely eliminate the threats posed by bandits terrorizing the public in Northern Rift Valley.”
Additionally, the Cabinet Secretary announced the reorganization of Operation Maliza Uhalifu, a multi-agency initiative involving the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and National Police Service (NPS).
Kindiki stated, “In collaboration with local security heads and field commanders, we have assessed the progress of Operation Maliza Uhalifu.
To address operational gaps, we are immediately restructuring the management, command, and control of the National Police Reservists (NPR) to enhance the capabilities of the National Police Service (NPS) and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in the operation.”