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Natembeya links Political leaders to the Kapedo skirmishes

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Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has accused politicians and cattle rustlers in the North Rift and the killing of two senior officers in less than a week.

Natembeya revealed that they were investigating a number of MPs, Ward reps, and professionals whom he claimed are colluding with criminal gangs to cause havoc in the bandit probe Kapedo. 

Natembeya made the remarks at a press conference to shed light on the ongoing security operation in Kapedo, Turkana County.

Natembeya named an MCA as among leaders summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers at the regional headquarters over claims of aiding in the procurement of guns and ammunition from Uganda and conducting meetings where the recent attacks on security personnel were planned.

“We have a list of politicians and civil servants who own the massive flocks in Kapedo and Tiaty but employ locals to herd them. We have established that some are not paid in cash but provided with guns and bullets to aid them in raiding their neighbors,” he said.

The Rift Valley administrator said the politicians had been personally contacted to present themselves before the DCI.

“Some of them have already recorded statements. The remaining ones should take my word seriously,” said Natembeya.

According to Natembeya, details have emerged linking the well-connected public figures to the purchase of guns and bullets from the neighboring Uganda, which they give to their communities.

In the press briefing, Natembeya named an MCA as among leaders summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers at the regional headquarters over claims of aiding in the procurement of guns and ammunition from Uganda and conducting meetings where the recent attacks on security personnel were planned.

“Some of them have already recorded statements. The remaining ones should take my word seriously. They have been sneaking guns into the country from Uganda whenever they buy livestock. Some livestock is operated on and the guns and bullets stashed in them and retrieved on arrival. The dealers are spread in Baringo, Turkana, and Elgeyo Marakwet,” he said.

Already civilians and police officers have been killed in the ongoing operation in Kapedo. 

And according to Natembeya, the security officers have destroyed three villages, which the bandits have been using as a hideout.

In the intensified operation, the police have recovered items belonging to the slain General Service Unit (GSU) Director of Operations, Emadau Temakol, in one of the villages. 

Temakol was killed in an ambush at Ameyan bridge last Sunday.

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