Manyara BARINGO (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government on Friday announced a raft of
security measures to deal with the cattle rustling
menace that has left dozens dead in Kerio Valley in
Among the measures announced
by Deputy President William Ruto is the recruitment of
police reservists, saying homegrown solutions remain key
in the fight against cattle rustling.
"We are recruiting more police reservists who will be
equipped with uniforms and arms like the rest of the
security and will be paid to enable them be more
effective in their work," said Ruto.
He said the government will also deploy rapid
response teams, armored personnel carrier vehicles as
well as increase the number of security officers in
Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot Counties to stop
cattle rustling and killings in the region.
Ruto also said there would be changes in the security
teams in the area to help end the menace.
More than 10 people, including two politicians, were
killed in the clashes in the Baringo County in the past
Baringo County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo said the
security teams deployed to the area have intensified
operations to flush out the heavily armed raiders.
"The number of deaths reported in Baringo north and
south are on the rise but police will not tire.
"We shall raid and flush out all bandits to bring
normalcy back to Baringo," he said.
Learning has been paralyzed in several schools in the
area as parents and their children have fled the area
for fear of more revenge attacks.
Addressing local residents, Ruto said additional 220
police reservists would be recruited, provided with
weapons and given tokens to boost their morale in
He said another team of 227 security officers
comprising police, regular and Rapid Response Unit
officers have been dispatched to the area to help
contain insecurity in the area.
Ruto said cases of insecurity along the Kerio Valley
would be solved with recruitment of more police
reservists and recognition of their role in maintaining
law and order at the grassroots level.
The deputy president said it was unfortunate that
while the government is working hard to develop these
areas that were previously marginalized, this outdated
practice is eroding all the gains made.
He said the government would gazette all the
dangerous and disturbed areas in the region to pave way
for an operation to be carried out to flush out cattle
rustlers and bandits.
"We are doing everything possible to contain this
"We are declaring some of the areas in this region as
dangerous and disturbed to pave way for an operation to
flush out cattle rustlers in such areas," said Ruto.