Laikipia Governor, Ndiritu Muriithi, is calling on security agencies to intensify their crackdown on bandits in Laikipia West.
Speaking to the media at his Nanyuki town office, Tuesday, Muriithi further urged the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination to hasten the consideration of the long-term security by addressing programmes within the Amaya Triangle Initiative (ATI) region.
Amaya Triangle Initiative brings in four counties of Isiolo, Baringo, Samburu and Laikipia in bid to address common challenges, including Insecurity.
“We expect the police service to boost their operations in Kamwenje and other areas. We must also be quite clear to citizens that we must all obey the rule of law,” County boss said, adding that the government will not allow bandits to continue terrorising residents.
The Governor noted that long term efforts such as education and diversified economic livelihood must be embraced in bid to address perennial conflicts in the region.
“We are actively discussing with the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination and we have proposals we want them to hasten jointly with the National Treasury for operationalisation of these programmes within the Amaya Triangle Initiative. We must ensure long-term sustainable peace and development for this region,” Muriithi urged.
He further called on political leaders to work together aiming to eliminate banditry in the region.
This follows a Monday incident where a General Service Unit officer, based at Kamwenje, Laikipia West Unit, was shot dead by bandits.
Last week, the government had announced that it will deploy security officers in the banditry troubled hot spots and ranches in Laikipia West, aiming to flush them out.