Kenya: Will Ruto be the one to end rampant banditry in the North?

By Jeff Otieno

Posted on Monday, 27 February 2023 17:51
A member of the Turkana pastoralist community walks towards his house next to his cattle in the early morning in an arid dry area in Morungole, Turkana County, Kenya on October 3, 2019.(Photo by Luis TATO / AFP)

Hardly six months since taking power, President William Ruto is facing a major insecurity problem in Kenya’s northern region caused by armed bandits. Will he succeed where his predecessors have failed?

On 28 January, in a show of utter defiance, armed bandits lit bonfires a few kilometres from a public meeting where Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki was talking tough against cattle rustling in Baringo county’s Tiaty constituency.

Their act left many Kenyans speechless including some of the top government officials who had accompanied Kindiki on a tour of northern Kenya to reassure residents of improved security following increased banditry attacks.

On the same day in neighbouring Turkana County, a group of armed men shot and injured three people hours after the CS had addressed a public baraza in Turkana South constituency.