Learning paralyzed in Baringo after 2 children are shot dead by bandits

Police officers on patrol at Kasiela village in Baringo South. Learning activities have been paralyzed following a banditry attack that saw two children shot dead in Yatia, Baringo County.

Learning has been paralyzed in Baringo North schools on the Kerio Valley side following a banditry attack that saw two children shot dead in Yatia, Baringo County.

The duo was returning home in Rormoch when armed bandits shot at them, killing them on the spot.

The killers whose number was not immediately established also drove away several heads of cattle towards Tiaty.

Locals led by former Bartabwa MCA Reuben Chepsongol condemned the incident, saying by the time of the murders, three other victims were yet to be buried.

“Despite the threats and promises by the government, bandits remain adamant and unmoved. It’s very sad that this attack comes when three other banditry victims are yet to be buried,” he said.

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Chepsongol said it was worrying that despite the government’s promise to end the menace, attacks continue unabated.

The residents now want a decisive action taken, saying they have nothing to celebrate of the government as they feel neglected.

“Learning has been paralyzed with over five schools remaining closed. As residents, we want Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to come here and address this problem. Security is our constitutional right,” one resident said.

Teachers and learners have fled the area, as Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) condemn the attacks, threatening to pull out their members from the volatile ground.

Despite the heavy presence of security personnel, tension remains high in parts of Baringo South, Baringo Central and Baringo North sub-counties.

By Evans Langat

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