In order to monitor the development of the current campaign against banditry in the region, Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale travelled to several forward operating zones in the North Rift on Wednesday.
Despite efforts to control the trend, banditry incidents have recently resulted in hundreds of deaths, injuries, and animal thefts.
Duale emphasized the government’s resolve to putting an end to banditry and restore peace and normalcy in the six counties designated as dangerous and disturbed during his visit to the “Operation Maliza Uhalifu” North Rift.
This came after a meeting in State House chaired by President William Ruto discussed the crisis in the region.
Officials said he was briefed by the multi-agency security teams operating in Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and Samburu counties.
Rift Valley regional police commander Tom Odera reported that the security teams have realized critical milestones by recovering several heads of livestock, and illegal firearms and reopening schools and roads that were controlled by the bandits.
He said the multi-agency approach has enhanced their interoperability, skills sharing and synergy that has made it possible to coordinate the operation across the six counties covering Operation Maliza Uhalifu including Baringo, Samburu, Laikipia, Turkana, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet.
Duale reaffirmed that th