Deputy President William Ruto has blamed Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i over the escalating insecurity in parts of Laikipia County.
While speaking to Kisii grassroots leaders on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at his Karen residence in Nairobi County, Ruto stated that the security Officials in the country needed to up their game and restore peace in the volatile area of Laikipia County.
In an apparent reference to an incident where Matiang’i listed his assets before a parliamentary committee, the DP argued that the Interior ministry should demonstrate the same enthusiasm they were using in political matters to bring peace and calm in the area.
“All citizens must equally play their role in ensuring that we support the provision of security in our areas,” he stated.
In addition, the DP asked Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to decline political assignments and discharge his duty of law enforcement impartially, avoiding politicisation of security work.
He added that the security team should strive to restore Kenyans confidence in them, their political affiliation notwithstanding.
Already, two politicians have been arrested in connection to the unrest in the County, Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket and former Laikipia North Member of Parliament Mathew Lempurkel.
Kamket was nabbed after police officers conducted a raid at his home in Tiaty, Baringo County while Lempurkel was picked from his home in Rongai in Kajiado County.
During a press conference on Tuesday, September 6, 2021 Rift Valley Regional Commander George Natembeya disclosed that the bandits were using sophisticated weapons used by international armies.
Natembeya added that police officers did not have the kind of weapons that the bandits had.
“While our officers are using AK47 and G3 rifles, the bandits are using M16s and other heavy machinery, which are usually used by foreign armies who come for training in Kenya. We don’t know how they get these heavy weapons,” Natembeya stated.