Raiders injure woman, two sons in Laikipia attack

By DPPS/KBC Reporter

A twenty five year old  mother with her  two  sons are nursing gunshot wounds at a Nairobi hospital after they were attacked by armed raiders in  Al Jijo village, Laikipia county .

The three were airlifted to the capital by Deputy President William Ruto’s chopper who had to cut short his tour of the region to assist the victims.

The deputy president had made an  impromptu tour of Rumuruti area in Laikipia Count, an  area that has in the past few days experienced rising cases of insecurity that have also led to the killing of the British rancher on  Sunday.

Amid rising cases of insecurity in the region, Ruto announced a raft of security measures that includes the deployment of at least two platoons of security personnel drawn from the General Service Unit.

He also commissioned an integrated police reservists programme to tame insecurity in the region.

The reservists who were issued firearms and uniforms are set to join joint police officers among them Regular, Administration and GSU officers to mop up illegal firearms and also drive away illegal grazers who have invaded the area leaving behind a trail of destruction, killings and loss of livestock.

While addressing the officers, the DP said the reservists will be remunerated and would be trained to work with the National Police Service.

The DP said the operation in Laikipia would be under one police command, and the commander will be answerable to the highest authorities.

He said a total of 1360 NPR have been deployed to assist other security agencies operating in Laikipia and Baringo Counties to ensure the safety of the residents and also to see to it that all criminals are dealt with accordingly.

And with the rift valley’s volatile regions of Baringo and its environs recording positive achievement following the ongoing security mop up exercise, a section of leaders under the umbrella Baringo business community are now calling on authorities to deal with inciters.

The region has witnessed relative calm with residents of the affected areas returning to their homes from their temporary asylum in makeshift camps.

Meanwhile, Laikipia North MP Matthew Lempurkel has been arrested for alleged incitement to violence and his role in the murder of a Kenyan Briton in Sosian Ranch.

The legislator was arrested in Nairobi and transferred to Nanyuki police station.

Police say he is assisting police with investigations in the murder of a Kenyan Briton Tristan Voorspuy who was killed in his ranch.

He is also facing charges of incitement to violence. Lempurkel will be arraigned in court on Tuesday.