Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale has gazetted the deployment of Kenya Defence Forces to support the Kenya Police Service in dealing with bandits in the North Rift.
This follows President William Ruto’s order for a joint military-police security operation to weed out bandits in the regions.
Meanwhile, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has declared 30 – day curfew in the insecure parts of Turkana, Elgeyo
Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Laikipia Counties.
In his Order, published in the Kenyan Gazette, Kindiki has banned all public gatherings, processions or movement, either alone or as a group during the period of the curfew except as has been permitted in writing by the Inspector-General of the National Police Service.
Kindiki has also declared parts of Turkana, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Laikipia and Samburu as “disturbed” and “Dangerous” allowing use of lethal force on bandits.
In a statement on Monday, Kindiki said security situation prevailing in the Northern Rift Valley Region has been determined as a “National Emergency”.
“During the last six months, over 100 civilians and 16 police officers have been brutally rendered by marauding bandits and livestock rustling terrorists in the Nothern Rift Valley Region in Kenya,” Kindiki said.