Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei wants banditry, cattle rustling classified as terrorism

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has expressed his intention to move a motion seeking to classify banditry and cattle rustling as acts of terrorism. 

While condoling with the families who lost their ones in in Lomelo Village, Suguta Valley, the Nandi Senator said that his petition to Parliament will also include compensation to the victims of armed bandits.

“My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones through banditry attacks at Suguta Valley, Baringo North constituency. I have drafted amendment to Terrorism Act to declare cattle rustling and banditry an act of terrorism including compensation to the victims,” said Senator Cherargei.

The raid left three people dead and two others injured.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki in January this year declared banditry a threat to national security promising to deal with perpetrators firmly so as to end years of terror in the North Rift.

He said that bandits will be tackled with decisive force to flush them out of their hideouts.

CS Kindiki said the Government will not tolerate bandits and will engage them until they ensure affected areas are safe.

“The Government will use force to flush out armed and dangerous bandits holded up in Ng’elecha and Korkoron Hills as well as other hideouts and bring permanent peace and security in this area and other affected parts of our Country,” CS Kindiki said.

Insecurity in the Rift has affected Counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, Samburu and Laikipia.

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