Laikipia leaders fault operation targeting bandits

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The incident has caused tension in the region with the locals demanding enhanced security from the government (File Photo)

A section of leaders from Laikipia County have faulted the ongoing security operation targeting bandits accused of orchestrating acts of criminality.

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The group accuses security agents of blatant disregard of the rule of the law after about 200 houses believed to be owned by illegal grazers in Rumuruti area were destroyed.

It is a police operation that has seen over 200 families left homeless after their houses were destroyed in an operation that started last Saturday.

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The operation prompted by the killing of two Laikipia county officials who were shot dead at Laikipia Nature Conservancy.

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The families according to the police are illegal occupants who have invaded private farms.

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The aftermath of the eviction has seen the families spend cold nights in Rumuruti town, where they have camped.

Affected families claim that they are victims of circumstances given that those involved with banditry activities come from elsewhere.

Laikipia North MP Sarah Lekorere who visited the affected families raising concern over the nature of the operation is calling on the Laikipia County government to supply the victims with tents and food aid.

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Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi and local ranchers have however welcomed the operation saying that it will act to restore peace in a region that has for years been plagued by insecurity.

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