Baringo Leaders Visit Kapindasum Primary school after banditry attack
Thursday October 26, 2023
KNA by Caroline Cherono
Baringo county leaders have called on the government to take action on criminals who attacked a local primary school, Tuesday holding pupils hostage for the whole day.
The leaders who visited the school on Wednesday to assess the situation were led by area Senator William Cheptumo, Baringo South MP Charlse Kamuren and county Woman Representative Florence Jematia.
The Kenya Defence Forces have since been deployed to the troubled Kapindasum,Baringo South a day after hundreds of bandits staged a siege to a General Service Unit camp and school.
Area MP Charles Kamuren has also urged the government to investigate a blue chopper which is reported to have been seen landing at Kororon hills of Tandare that according to the law maker is suspected to have been used to supply rounds of ammunition to bandits.
“Our pupils were made to lie down for many hours during the ambush and I want to ask the government to investigate with immediate effect and possibly arrests be made,” Kamuren noted.
He further expressed concern that residents were living in fear after the attack which took several hours describing it as an unfortunate incident where innocent school children suffered mental torture.
“We have come to undertake a spot check of Kapindasum after yesterday’s daring attack at the school and the GSU by an unknown number of bandits and we urge the government to move speedily to boost security,” Kamuren said.
His sentiments were echoed by Cheptumo who urged the government to move with speed and flush out the bandits in the area noting that the national examinations set to start in a few days’ time would be disrupted if security was not beefed up.
The KDF officers in collaboration with other police units will work closely to ensure pupils in Kapindasum Primary take their national examinations peacefully which are scheduled to start next week.
Gabriel Tongoyo, the Security chair at the National assembly visited the area with the local leaders and assured the locals that the government will ensure peace is restored in the region.