Military Intervention: Will it help bring calm in Turkana? #InsecurityKE

Posted: November 4, 2014 in Politics
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Last week on Saturday more that twenty officers were killed after they were ambushed by bandits in Turkana County . A situation which can only be compared to the famous Baragoi Massacre.

Residents of Chesitet in Baringo County, during a meeting with Tiaty MP Asman Kamama and West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo on October 31, 2014 (Source: Daily Nation)

Residents of Chesitet in Baringo County, during a meeting with Tiaty MP Asman Kamama and West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo on October 31, 2014 (Source: Daily Nation)

It is feared that the bandits shot and killed all the 20 officers and reservists after they were ambushed betwen Kapedo and Lokori areas as they tried recovering a burnt GSU vehicle that was used in a botched operation last week.

Tension still remains high in the area with fresh attacks still being experienced among the Pokot and Turkana communities.

While visiting the area on Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta  ordered pastoralists on the border of Turkana and Baringo to name those behind Saturday’s killing of more than 20 police officers “by the end of the day” or face a massive security operation in the area.

But question is, what is ailing this area? the attacks started from Baringo County and continue to spread, with bandits freely attacking and killing security officers. Turkana Senator John Munyes termed the killings politically instigated. He claims some greedy local leaders who want to grab resources in the region’ are behind the attacks, linking the conflict to oil and land. Claims which also needs to be looked into.

IPOA blames attacks on laxity by top police command

The The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) has blamed the Kapedo killings on laxity by top police command. It says the country’s police service lacks adequate structures that can prevent such attacks on Kenyans and the police themselves.

IPOA adds that the police service lacks planning in the fields of threats assessment, intelligence gathering and disaster preparedness, among other things. Something which is very true. In Kapedo, the attacks would have been prevented if only.

Just as IPOA says, the top police command would have taken personal responsibility by now, including apologizing to the public and possibly resigning. It is so sad loosing young officers who are said to be between 18 and 25 years in such a cruel manner.

The officers who lost their lives also lost 22 guns and what this means is that the bandits will continue carrying out attacks.

On Sunday night, the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) was deployed in the area. According to the Daily Nation, over 10 KDF Armoured Personnel Carriers transporting soldiers towards Kapedo, a sign that a huge military operation was underway. Is Millitary intervention a solution? will it help counter the attacks, well, we hope it does. If the top bosses in the Kenya Police learnt something from the Baragoi massacre, the Kapedo should not have happen.

Just as Macharia Gaith said in his article, Unless the sternest action is taken, what we might see as localised and clan and ethnic conflicts will escalate into full-blown insurgencies that will surely dismember the country.



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