Learning paralysed in ongoing operations to flush out Kapedo bandits
Learning has been paralysed in more than 10 schools in Baringo and Turkana counties due to the ongoing operation to flush out bandits following the killing of a senior police officer at the war-torn Kapedo last week.
The situation has been aggravated by the brutal murder of a senior Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officer and other five people whose bullet-riddled bodies were found dumped at Arabal in Baringo South sub-county.
The deceased Paul Kosgei who was the Tiaty Sub-county Human Resource Officer and five others were abducted at a local club in Chemolingot around 6pm on Tuesday evening and their bodies later found dumped.
Some of the schools where learning has been grounded include: Nginy’ang, Chemolingot, Cheptunoiyo, Nalegat, Chesirimnyon, Kositei, Komolion and Chepkalacha primary schools.
Others include: Kapedo Mixed secondary and Kapedo mixed primary school.
Teachers who spoke to People Daily yesterday vowed not to go back to their work stations until they are assured of their safety even as they accuse the Ministry for doing little to address their plight.
“The Ministry has been silent despite our colleague being killed in cold blood.
We fear for our safety serving in this region,” said a teacher who preferred anonymity.
According to the teachers, on receiving information that Kosgei was missing, they made a report at Nginy’ang police station.
“We later received news that six bodies found at Arabal and are lying at a Kabarnet morgue.
We went there and we discovered that he was no more,” said a colleague to the deceased.
On Wednesday, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya said that the six were killed in a botched banditry attack in Baringo South where 48 livestock were recovered.
“We will rest at nothing until all illegal firearms in the hands of civilians are seized,” the administrator said in Nakuru.
The government rolled out the operation following the killing of a senior GSU officer by armed bandits at Ameyan bridge near the banditry prone Kapedo.
During the raid, armed bandits laid an ambush on a vehicle Emadau Temakol was traveling near Ameyan bridge when armed bandits ambushed them killing him instantly.
The deceased was heading to Nairobi after leading a police operation to flush out bandits in the region.
The attack came barely three days after another attack where a middle-aged man was killed and three other people injured.