Govt assures safety of teachers, learners in bandit prone areas of Baringo
Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula has reassured teachers and learners in bandit prone areas of their security as schools reopen.
Speaking at the County Headquarters in Kabarnet on Wednesday, the Commissioner said only one school, Mukutani Primary school, has not reopened.
He said plans are at an advanced stage to ferry teachers to the school.
“We are organizing how the 27 teachers will be escorted to the school from Marigat town, it is only heavy rains that has prevented us from doing so,” said Wafula.
He also advised parents to take their children back to school saying their security has been reassured as the school will be protected from banditry attacks.
“We underscore the importance of education in these areas as we believe it will end the cattle rustling menace,” added the administrator.
Flanked by the County security team together with county directors of TSC and education, Wafula said they are also working on resources to construct and repair schools affected by the rising waters of Lake Baringo and Bogoria.
“We are just awaiting funds from the national government so that we can repair those schools,” said the commissioner.
On the ongoing operation to flush out bandits, Wafula said they had recovered over 70 guns in Tiaty and the operation is still underway until the safety of residents is guranteed.
“I want to warn the criminals that we are not tiring any time soon and that we will deal with them until we finish the menace,” said the commissioner.
He said that they had recovered 191 livestock stolen last week in Baringo South and have called on the owners to identify them at Kuki Ranch in Laikipia.
He added that two suspected cattle rustlers were arrested and will be charged in court. The county commissioner regretted that the government is using a lot of resources to fight cattle rustling which would have been used to develop the area.
The county security boss further said that the war had taken a higher gear after the Pokot community ignored a one month amnesty to make peace and started the bandit attacks that resulted in the killing of an old man and injuries to a mother and a two-year-old boy of Arabic area.
He called on residents of Baringo Central and South to visit their assistant chiefs’ offices to collect the Huduma Namba cards.
“We are having close to 6000 cards that have remained uncollected in Baringo Central and Koibatek Sub-counties,” he divulged.