Africa-Press – Kenya. Interior CS Kithure Kindiki on Monday hosted Garissa leaders for talks around the security situation in the county. The leaders were led by Governor Nadhif Jama and Senator Abdulkadir Haji.
Kindiki said the meeting is a continuation of the government consultative approach to the pursuit of long-lasting solutions, to unique security challenges in different parts of the country.
The meeting was also attended by Inspector General Japheth Koome, Deputy IG Noor Gabow and GSU commandant Douglas Kanja. It comes in the wake of a statement by President William Ruto on longstanding insecurity in the region.
“Our discussion was on ways to combat cattle rusting and other related challenges in their region,” Kindiki said.
A week ago, Kindiki said chiefs and assistant chiefs serving in banditry-prone areas will be issued with firearms to actively support security officers in fighting the menace.
He announced that the move will be preceded by a thorough vetting of the administrators to ascertain their suitability to bear arms and accountability of use.
“You cannot expect an officer to pursue criminals and recover stolen livestock using a baton,” Kindiki said.
“I have directed the security teams in the counties affected by cattle rustling to vet our chiefs and assistant chiefs, so that we can arm them to protect the lives and property of wananchi.”