If the brazen attacks and rising death toll were still not enough to show the severity of the situation in Laikipia, then yesterday’s scary incident, and the sight of a cowed George Natembeya, who is usually known for his bravado, did the trick. While on a security inspection tour, gunshots suddenly could be heard as bandits carried out a raid 3 Kilometers from the security team. What, however, shook everyone was when Natembeya notified the media that the gunshots were of an M16, and it has a range of more than 3 Kilometers, so where they stood was within shot.
This caused a stir as the government personnel, media and other civilians scampered for safety in an effort to get as far away from the gun’s range as possible.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya admitted that while the government only has AK47 and G3 models, the bandits, on the other hand, are in possession of the much more sophisticated and lethal M16. Some of the qualities that the gun carries, and which makes it a deadly killing machine is that it can shoot over a range of 3.5 Kilometers. Even more disturbing is that it can release 60 rounds of ammunition within a minute, which translates to a bullet a second.
The abduction of two wanted men allegedly by police led to the abduction of two businessmen from the Ol Moran area. They were kidnapped at a market in Churo in Baringo.
Unidentified people have been sending messages to the families, demanding release of the wanted men in exchange for the two businessmen.
The recent-flare up has led to the murder of at least two people in Ol Moran area.
A Class 8 pupil suffered gunshot wounds when her Mirango home was attacked and sprayed with bullets on Friday.
Thousands of animals have been stolen.
Local leaders have urged authorities to immediately carry out a law enforcement operation and protect residents from rampant violence.
Laikipia North MP Sarah Lekorere and MCAs George Karuiru (Ol Moran) and Jacob Edung have accused the government of laxity.