While calling for the arrest of politicians behind Kapedo unrest, the Consumer Federation of Kenya-Cofek – has called on Interior CS Fred Matiangi to take action against such politicians.
According to the consumer protection agency, a major pain for the innocent locals is the decision by the CS to impose the 6pm to 8am curfew in the troubled Kapedo area.
“Regrettably, it appears to be the only viable stop-gap measure. We hope that the CS will ensure that all political insiders are charged,” the agency said.
This comes after Matiang’i declared Kapedo – which is at the border of Turkana and Baringo counties – Kapedo was recently declared a ‘disturbed zone’ by Matiang’i and thus the 6pm to 6am curfew was imposed. According to the CS, the curfew is aimed at enhancing an ongoing security operation to address cases of insecurity that has claimed at least 10 lives in the last month alone.
As part of efforts to address the menace, Matiang’i said the dusk to dawn curfew will be gazetted.
“We want to deal with the menace once and for all. We will have to deal with the criminals behind this issue who include leaders,” he said.
Initially, Matiang’i had warned that the government would crack down on perpetrators including several political leaders. In what had adversely affected the locals, he said they had established that some of the politicians were behind the clashes.
As a result, Tiaty MP William Kamket was arrested, questioned, and released on a police bond over the clashes. Kamket was ordered by police to report to the Nakuru DCI office on Monday.
With all indications showing that the operations will be extended to try and curb the runaway insecurity in the region, Police operations have been ongoing in the area. Two police officers were on Thursday, shot and killed in an ambush.
The head of the Rapid Deployment Unit in Kapedo, who is a chief inspector, and his driver were in a lead lorry in a convoy of three vehicles when they came under attack at a bridge marking as a boundary between Turkana and Baringo counties.