Baringo residents have called upon the government to re-arm the National Police Reservist (NPR) due to the ongoing bandit attacks in Baringo North and Baringo South Sub-counties which according to the residents has claimed the lives of at least 10 people and over 800 families displaced.
The irate residents who blamed bandit attacks on removal of National Police Reservists, wants The Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya to recall the reservists as soon as possible so as to save the situation.
“We ask the National Government to bring back NPR since they are familiar with terrains and can pursue the raiders to their hideouts. We blame the government for withdrawal of NPR officers deliberately” they said
They blamed Natembeya for approving the disarmament of over 300 NPR officers last year which they said has led to the death of more residents adding that the commissioner has remained mum despite the continued attacks.
This follows the attack by suspected armed pokot bandits who attacked Ng’aratuko, Baringo North in the wee hours where they opened gunfire and shot a 28-year old man Enock Rong’uno who was later admitted after a bullet lodged on his right thigh and was admitted at County Refferral hospital in Kabarnet. This was after another 30-year old man was shot dead at Siakanin in Bartabwa Division.
“We want Natembeya to break his silence and to come up with the lasting solution. We also want him to tell us if he has something to do with the lost lives of our people now that he is silent if not so, he should immediately bring the culprits to book.” Bartabwa Ward Rep Chepsongol Reuben said
During the attack, the bandits stole more than 200 goats but were later recovered by residents with the help of police officers.