The Kenyan government has taken steps to enhance security along the border with South Sudan.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki visited Nadapal and announced plans to operationalize new administrative units among them Lokichoggio Sub-County including deployment of national government administration officers and the increase of the number of security officers in the area.
"I want to assure the people of Turkana County, Turkana West and Nadapal that the government is committed to ensuring that every inch of Kenya is safe and secure and that our citizens can live in peace,” said Prof. Kindiki.
"The government has decided to immediately operationalize Lokichoggio Sub-County and post a Deputy County Commissioner and also create the Nadapal Division as well as other units which will be operationalized including sub-locations and locations to bring services close to the people."
The CS announced the recruitment and deployment of a new group of 100 National Police Reservists, and that an Anti-Stock Theft Unit will be established in the region.
The government will also open new police stations, post patrol units, and provide officers with the necessary equipment.
Prof. Kindiki also stated that the government will support efforts to improve cross-border infrastructure and business growth between Kenya and South Sudan, through peaceful engagements between the County Government of Turkana and Eastern Equatoria.
Turkana County Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai urged the government to be assertive in developing the border region, strengthening security, and addressing attacks by bandits from neighbouring countries.
"As we pursue good relations with neighbouring countries, these efforts should not affect our development programmes for our land. Let us seek an end to bandit attacks, develop our country and support security agencies to protect Kenyan citizens and their property," he said.
He also called for the construction of security roads, support for county relief efforts, and legal backing for the County Government to provide stipends for National Police Reservists.
The County boss asked the CS to convey the region's commitment to work with the National Government and support the President's agenda.