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Three Turkana MPs evacuated from Kapedo as Governor Nanok terms bandits “terrorists”

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The three Turkana Members of Parliament who were stuck in the war-torn Kapedo area have been evacuated.

MPs Ali Lokiru (Turkana East), John Lodepe (Turkana Central) and James Lomenen (Turkana South) had on Sunday, January 17 gone to mourn with families affected a bandits attack in Tiaty that left people and livestock killed, and houses torched.

After mourning with the families, the lawmakers proceeded to a meeting with local administration leaders to discuss on how to improve security in the volatile region

However, all hell broke loose when senior GSU officer Emadau Tebakol who had attended the same meeting was shot dead by bandits at the Ameyang bridge.

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The MPs accompanied by Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok on Friday addressed a group of professionals on the security situation in Kapedo, Napeitom and Lomelo in Turkana East Sub-County.

The three MPs, together with Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok addressed a group of professionals on the security situation in Kapedo, Napeitom and Lomelo in Turkana East Sub-County. PHOTO/ COURTESY.

Designate bandits as terrorists

Governor Nanok is now calling called upon the government to designate the armed bandits behind the attacks as a terrorist group, and launch an operation to end the menace once and for all.

“These bandits aren’t a ragtag group of cattle rustlers. They’ve characteristics of a terror group- are well organised, have been indoctrinated, are heavily armed, have no respect for the constitution and their main mission is death and destruction. It’s time to end this terrorism,” said Nanok.

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