Schools Reopen In Kerio Valley After Dawn To Dusk Curfew.
Since the government imposed the dawn to dusk curfew two weeks ago, the security situation in the volatile cattle rustling-prone Kerio Valley region has significantly improved.
According to government spokesperson Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, the government’s decision to impose the curfew has begun to bear fruit, with schools that were closed due to insecurity reopening and students returning to school as usual.
“The decision should be lauded for restoring relative peace in the region that had witnessed rampant cases of insecurity as a result of cattle rustling, students have gone back to their studies and businesses resumed,” said Oguna.
The spokesperson said during a media briefing at Rivatex in Eldoret on Tuesday that sporadic incidents by criminal elements are investigated and appropriate immediate action is taken against perpetrators.
Oguna said there is a significant difference in the Kerio Valley since the dawn to dusk measures were implemented.
Oguna, who was flanked by Uasin Gishu County Commissioner, added that the government was on top of the entire country’s security situation, claiming that the country was now much more secure than it had been in the past.
He attributed this to the implementation of a dispute resolution mechanism in which local communities are encouraged to handle traditional types of insecurity issues, as opposed to the past, when the western type of judicial system was used via the police and courts.
“The government is moving away from the Western style of the judicial system so that we use the local community itself to address their issues, especially the cultural disputes,” said Oguna.
He added that the new mechanism has made areas that have seen a lot of insecurity, such as Lamu, Tana River, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, West Pokot, Turkana, and parts of Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet, more secure and peaceful.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner (RC) Maalim Mohammed announced a week ago that more than 100 people had been arrested and over 30 illegal firearms had been recovered in connection with the Kerio Valley anti-banditry operation.
During the operation in the villages of Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, and West Pokot counties, security teams recovered guns, including combat rifles, pistols, ammunition, and camouflage gear, he said.
Those in possession of illegal firearms should surrender them, according to the RC, or they will be arrested and the weapons confiscated. When the operation is completed, he says, communities will be involved in resuming development projects that have been stalled due to banditry.
The curfew went into effect on June 7th, 2022, and will last for 30 days. The areas targeted include the entire Tot ward in Elgeyo Marakwet County, which will be affected in eight locations, Chesongoch, which will be affected in six locations, and Kapyego.
Chesuman and Arror locations in Marakwet West will be affected. The entire Tiaty sub-county, as well as Sibilo, Yataya, and Kinyach locations in the Baringo North sub-county, are affected in Baringo County.