President Ruto issues a fresh warning to banditry attacks in the Rift Valley region

President Ruto issues a fresh warning to banditry attacks in the Rift Valley region
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President William Ruto has now issued a fresh warning to bandits, saying plans to end the menace will also target their financiers.

While speaking in Kabarnet, Baringo County, the President said his administration will use all means to end the banditry, which has claimed several lives. Karbarnet is one of the areas affected by runaway insecurity and prone to banditry attacks.

President Ruto said there is no way vices like cattle rustling can continue to thrive at the expense of people's well-being and development of the country. He insisted that the vice was driven by a “few financiers”, who he said will meet the full force of the law.

“We want to make sure that normalcy returns in the insecurity prone counties in the North Rift region. We want all learners to go to school, women to resume their daily activities without fear of attacks. As we speak, there are more than 20 schools that were closed due to the spate of attacks and whatever it takes, we must bring peace,” said President Ruto.

“We know those wreaking havoc are a few criminals and we will not allow them. I have promised that I will stop them. It is either they choose to leave that kind of business or I will stop it by force. It is not if but when they will stop. Just leave them to me and I will deal with them the best way I know,” said the President.

The President's sentiments comes just a week after he ordered the reinstatement of national police reservists in the banditry prone areas as the bandits continued to terrorise residents of Baringo, Samburu, West Pokot and Turkana counties.

Ruto further asked financiers of cattle rustling activities to look for other economic activities.

“The issue of killing people and stealing livestock will end and we are not begging anyone on this. It will not matter the method we will use or what we will do so that it comes to an end, but we have to deal with it. We do not want any Kenyan to lose his or her life because of the stupidity of banditry,” the President vowed.

President Ruto, giving his views on attacks against the Judiciary, said he will continue to strengthen independent institutions so as to curb corruption. He noted that by ensuring that the Judiciary is funded properly and police control their own budget will play a key role in fighting graft in the country.

“We must not interfere with the Judiciary and we must give them the space to fight corruption. The police must also have enough funding so that they can deal with the menace without interference from any quarters,” he said.