Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet has urged Rift Valley Regional commander of police to use every trick in the book to curtail unrests in the volatile Turkana-Pokot border.
The IG expressed concerns that there was a growing incidences of attack that have caused strained relationships between the bordering communities.
“We wish to inform that in the wake of the recent spate of rustling / bandit attacks around Kainuk and its environs along the border of Turkana/ West Pokot Counties, the Inspector General has ordered the Regional Police Commander, Rift Valley to use all available police resources to stop the violence and restore order to allow members of the public to lead normal lives,” Boinnet said in a statement to the press.
Incitement to violence
IG Boinnet also instructed the police in the region to step up their investigations against those who were inciting the neighbouring communities to violence.
Police are already in possession of a list of individuals suspected to be behind an incitement racket that threatens to tip over the simmering tension in the border.
Cooperation from the public
In his statement, IG Boinnet also urged members of the public to cooperate with the police even as the try to restore calm and order between the two warring factions.
He emphasized that the police will conclusively deal with members of the public who are not keen on fostering peace in the region and are out to wreak havoc on innocent lives.
Attacks in Kainuk shopping centre in the border of West Pokot and Turkana Counties have so far left more than five people dead and five others sustaining injuries according to the Kenya Red Cross.