Africa-Press – Kenya. The government has started the reconstruction of schools that were vandalised by bandits in Turkana County at a cost of Sh100 million.
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki made the revelation on Wednesday saying already, KDF troops and NYS officers have been deployed for the exercise.
“Kenya Defence Forces and National Youth Service officers will be deployed to reconstruct all schools that were vandalised by bandits and armed criminals in Turkana County at a cost of Ksh 100m,” Kindiki said.
“Among them Napeitom, Nadome, Lokidong’iru and Ng’ilukia will be immediately reconstructed,” he added.
He spoke when he addressed a security baraza meeting at Lokori, Turkana East, Turkana County.
To facilitate accessible, affordable and expeditious delivery of services, Kindiki said the government will next week establish and commission four new administrative units in Turkana County in Suguta, Lokiriama, Aroo and Lokichogio subcounties.
The CS said that in efforts to boost the capacity of security officers in handling emerging and modern-day security concerns, the government will spend a further Sh20 billion to equip security teams with technology and equipment, including vehicles and planes as well as skills, with specialised formations handling crimes such as terrorism, cross border crime and banditry.
The reconstruction follows the ongoing security operation in the county and across five other bandit-prone counties of North Rift which Kindiki previously said has succeeded in flushing out criminal elements.
Kindiki first spoke about the reconstruction on May 23 during a status update on the security situation in Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, and West Pokot counties.
“The money has already been released and our officers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will help us in the reconstruction. We must make sure that this place remains out of bounds to bandits for the rest of our time,” Kindiki said then.
On February 13, Kindiki declared Turkana, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Laikipia, and Samburu counties as ‘disturbed’ and ‘dangerous’ prompting the deployment of the multi-agency security personnel to smoke out bandits and criminals that were wreaking havoc in the region.