Bandit attacks, animal theft go on in Kerio Valley even after DP Ruto’s visit
Banditry attacks in the Kerio Valley continued at the weekend even after Deputy President William Ruto’s visit on Thursday. A Marakwet herder was seriously injured when Pokot bandits, suspected to be from Tiaty constituency, invaded Mogil location, 500 metres from Mogil police station, on Saturday. Marakwet East deputy county commissioner Eric Mulevu said 54 animals were stolen. He said the herder was shot in the neck in the 10.30am incident. “The criminals dodged police officers on patrol before sneaking to the area. Our officers are still pursuing the bandits to recover the animals,” Mulevu said. The attack came a day after bandits attacked Kaben village where a fierce gun battle between Pokot bandits and Marakwet youths ensued on Friday. Residents said 60 Pokot bandits attempted to raid the village before encountering the Marakwet youth who repulsed them.