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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has directed chiefs and assistant chiefs in areas prone to banditry attacks to work with security agencies in mopping up illegal guns.

The Deputy President warned that the Government would not tolerate wanton killings by criminals engaging in outdated cultural practices.

Speaking on Sunday in Baragoi Town, Samburu County when he attended a Sunday Mass, the Deputy President said banditry was intolerable and will be dealt with firmly.

“We cannot accept banditry. The killing of fellow Kenyans, children, and attacking women because of outdated practices is unacceptable,” remarked Gachagua.

While challenging the national administrators to enforce the law in their areas of jurisdiction, the DP mentioned that action would be taken against those who were lax in discharging their duties.

“Those who still engage in these practices will face the full wrath of the government. Those still with illegal guns must return them. The chiefs and sub-chiefs have firm instructions to ensure there are no illegal guns in their areas,” added the DP.

During the festive season, Mr Gachagua said security would be beefed up for residents to partake in the Christmas festivities without fear of attacks.

“We will not allow anyone to disturb peace in Baragoi and other areas in the region during this Christmas season. This is a country under the rule of law. The people of Baragoi and Samburu must enjoy peace,” he stated.

Area leaders said they would support the government in enforcing security measures for development to prosper in the county.

“This is our government because we voted for it. Security in Baragoi has improved since the government came in power. We are fully behind it to ensure long-lasting peace and development,” said Samburu County MP Pauline Lenguris.

 

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