Ban­dit at­tacks, an­i­mal theft go on in Ke­rio Val­ley even af­ter DP Ruto’s visit

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

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.

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