Police officers deployed in schools along West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet border

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'i had called for an improved security presence along the Kerio valley
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i had called for an improved security presence along the Kerio valley

Two police officers have been deployed in every school along the West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties’ border to curb attacks and beef up security in the area. Calm has returned along the border of the two Counties after Interior Cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i visited the area last week. The sounds of blasting gunshots have reduced in most parts and schools have now reopened.

Pokot South Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Hezron Nyamberi has said security officers have been deployed in every school along the border and learners are going on with their classes.

During his visit last week Dr. Matiangi directed that an armed police officer should be deployed in each school and security chiefs be held responsible for crime in their areas of jurisdiction. “It’s only in two schools that pupils have not yet returned, despite the fact that we’ve deployed security officers in the school,” said Nyamberi.

Nyamberi added that teachers are in school, pointing out that only one teacher hasn’t returned after his house was torched.

He added that chiefs in their respective locations have urged residents who were affected by the banditry cases to return home. “We want chiefs to encourage residents who had migrated to safer places ten kilometres away to go back to their homes,” he said.

He assured residents that security has been beefed up along the border and urged them to relocate to their residences, “We want locals to go back to their homes because the situation is now good,” he said. He further called on residents to report culprits fuelling insecurity in the area.