KUPPET Calls For State Intervention After Teacher’s Killing.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has urged the government to beef up security in bandit-infested areas.
Teachers in those areas, according to KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori, need more security.
“We call upon the government to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime and bring them to book. The killing has spread fear among all teachers in Baragoi and the larger Baringo North,” he said.
Misori was speaking in response to the death of a Baragoi High School teacher who was allegedly attacked by bandits.
“Cyrus James Karukura, a hardworking teacher of English and literature at Baragoi Boys High School, was brutally killed by bandits. Our condolences go to his family, colleagues, friends, and relatives,” Misori said.
Misori urged the government to take action against the perpetrators, noting that teachers in the area are fleeing in fear.
“The killing has debunked the government’s recent assurances about improved security in the region,” he said.
As a result, Misori urged teachers in the affected areas to stay safe.
We advise teachers to stay away from school if the situation warrants it, given the clearly deteriorating situation,” he added.
Cyrus Kirukura was waylaid by armed robbers just 200 meters from the school’s main entrance. They then sprayed him with bullets before fleeing.
Confirming the July 25th tragedy, According to the school’s principal, Elijah Letakai, the slain teacher was on his way to the hospital after feeling ill.
Kirukura’s body was transferred to Samburu County Referral Hospital in Maralal town pending the outcome of the murder investigation.
Samburu governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal condemned the incident on social media, pleading with the security apparatus to root out bandits roaming freely in the area.
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As previously reported, the National Police Service has increased patrols in the volatile Kerio Valley in recent weeks in order to root out bandits.
The service reported that its officers based in Chesegon were escorting Pokot farmers to harvest mangoes in their farms along the volatile buffer zone on Monday, June 20 when they were attacked.