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Gov’t moves to address rising cases of livestock theft in Meru

The government has announced a raft of measures to address the increasing incidents of livestock theft by armed criminals in Meru North.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki said more security camps of the Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and the General Service Unit (GSU) special forces have been set up in the area.

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The training of an additional 140 National Police Reservists (NPR) has also commenced to reinforce security personnel in the region.

“We commend security officers who have diligently and courageously faced the armed criminals and recovered a substantial amount of the stolen livestock. Efforts to recover the remaining livestock are underway,” said Kindiki.

The CS spoke on Monday after chairing a top security meeting with Eastern Regional Security and Intelligence Committee at Theera in Mutuati Sub-County, Igembe North Constituency.

Kindiki issued a stern warning to politicians against interfering with security operations in the region saying leaders aiding banditry and inciting residents will be apprehended.

“Security operations must be depoliticised, and any leader, their political persuasion or influence notwithstanding, who incites, finances or plans banditry and livestock rustling will be apprehended and prosecuted,” he stated.

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