Kerio banditry ends in brutal murder of two children

A row of community raids in Kerio Valley region has this time led to the tragic loss of two children.

The 10 and 12-year-old were caught up in the middle of a banditry where attackers engaged bullet fire on Sunday.

The attacks happened at the backdrop of ongoing cursing rituals conducted by elders from Marakwet, Baringo and Pokot to punish cattle rustlers unleashing terror in the region.

According to Nandwa Chelanga a local, over 40 heavily armed raiders who were on a raiding mission crossed Kolowa brigde-the boundary between Pokot and Marakwet communities found the children at the farm and started shooting at them.

The local further decried the frequency of such attacks and lack of government protection.

“It is so unfortunate that each weekend along the Kerio Valley region, people are dying as a result of attacks from cattle rustlers. The government should come out boldly and end the menace,” he said.

Marakwet branch Knut executive John Cheberi urged the government to move with speed and restore calm.

“The attacks had subsidized when there was a special deputy county commissioner at Tot but now the attacks are the norm of the day because of the security command breakdown in Kerio valley,” said the KNUT executive.

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