Seven Days Ultimatum To Illegal Gun Owners

Public members in possession of illegal guns in conflict-hit Kerio Valley, Kenya’s Rift Valley, have until July 20, 2021, to surrender them, announced Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i.

Incessant conflicts in the area have led to the loss of lives and property of untold value. In the last two weeks, twelve people have been killed in the fresh hostilities among the warring communities.

Five people were killed on Saturday, July 10, one seriously injured, and the unknown number of livestock confiscated in what is seen as retaliatory attacks.

The other seven were killed in different instances in Tiaty, Marakwet East, and Marakwet West areas. Within Kerio Valley belt.

Speaking after holding a security meeting in Tot, Marakwet, Dr Matiang’i directed administrators in the region to collaborate with police to fish out the criminals from their hideouts.

“We will no longer condone any form of lawlessness. Just surrender or we come for you as we have the capacity to come for you,” he said.

The CS said security teams in Kerio Valley would be redeployed and a special formation established to deal with rampant runaway banditry.

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