DP Ruto’s shoot-to-kill order sparks protests
Local leaders condemn Ruto’s shoot-to-kill order
DP Ruto’s shoot-to-kill order has sparked protests among leaders from conflict-torn Baringo and Pokot areas.
Ruto issued the shoot-to-kill order last week during a peace meeting in the area, and blamed the attacks on political rivalry.
He also dispatched over 500 armed police reservists to flush out cattle rustlers in Kerio Valley, The Standard reports.
The leaders have accused Ruto of taking sides in the attacks, saying the security operation is targeting only one community.
The police reservists have however defended their operations in the area, saying they were only cracking down on the ‘bad people’.
Lives have been lost, families displaced and herds of cattle stolen in inter-ethnic attacks from Pokot bandits.
Daily Nation had pointed out that Red cross workers have also suffered the brunt of the bandit attacks.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that bandits are still conducting raids despite the ongoing security operation and shoot-to-kill order.