The government is promising decisive action as it moves to tame acts of criminality in banditry prone Laikipia county.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya says it is unfortunate that residents of Laikipia West especially those living along the border between Laikipia and Baringo County continue living in fear of attacks despite heavy presence of security personnel deployed in the area.
Speaking at a security meeting held at Matuiku shopping centre in Laikipia West constituency, Natembeya said acts of lawlessness will no longer be tolerated adding that the government will employ all its machinery to restore order in Laikipia county and neighbouring counties.
The regional commissioner put on notice bandits and criminals operating in the area saying their days were numbered. He noted that the law allows security officers to use their firearms under certain circumstances and that there will be no time to negotiate with criminals. He warned those in possession of illegal firearms to surrender them to the government before the government forcefully repossesses them.
Liakipia County and its environs has borne the brunt of banditry attacks, a vice that has been blamed for underdevelopment in the region.