Kapedo is now a Special Operation Area even as security operation is ongoing to flush out armed bandits that have been terrorizing locals.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Monday said that he will be gazetting the war-torn area as a special operation zone, with government also issuing an extended dusk-to-dawn curfew, in a bid to aid the security operation.
According to CS Matiang’i, the new curfew placed in Kapedo, at the border of Baringo and Turkana Counties, will start from 6 pm through 6 am.
“I am issuing a gazette notice shortly extending curfew hours in Kapedo and I am going to designate it as a special operation area. We will have to maintain a curfew between 6 pm to 6 am, so that we can do all the work we need to do there and complete it,” said Matiang’i.
The CS said that the government has decided to change tactics in handling the bandits problem in the volatile area, after similar approach yielded no results.
“We are not going to postpone that problem again and tell stories by meeting with leaders and lying to each other. Everyone knows what problem in that part of our country is and now we are determined to resolve it once and for all. We will remain there until that problem is sorted out,” added Matiang’i.
Two senior police officers and other six poeple, including an IEBC staff, have been killed by suspected bandits in the region.