Ruto orders schools closed due to banditry in West Pokot to re-open

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President William Ruto

All the schools closed due to insecurity along the West Pokot-Marakwet boarder and Turkana due to insecurity will be opened immediately term two commences next term.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Cemtec Clinker cement factory where more than 11,000 will be employed directly while 40,000 indirectly, the president directed that the Kenya Defence Forces would be deployed in the area in two days’ time to reconstruct the schools and restore peace in the area.

“I want to assure you that insecurity will be a thing of the past in this area and any other area with such archaic behaviour,” he firmly asserted.

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He said that all learners have to be taken to school since sufficient number of teachers had been employed last year and a further 20,000 will be engaged this year.

Insecurity has pushed more than 5000 learners and 500 teachers from school according to the KNUT executive secretary, Hon Martin Sembelo.

Pokot leaders during the launch of the cement factory in West Pokot. Photo;Hillary Muhalya

He said that parents had been greatly disadvantaged since they were forced to discontinue schooling or relocate their children to safer areas.

Sembelo said that some of the worst affected areas included Annet, Arpollo, Chesegon, Cheptulel, Kamelei, Akiriamet, among others.

KDF personnel will also assist in the construction of destroyed schools by the bandits, the President noted further.

Earlier, Sigor MP Hon Peter Lochakapong and West Pokot Woman representative Rael Kasiwai Aleutum had pleaded with the president to intervene the insecurity issue affecting border schools

By Martin Ruto and Hillary Muhalya

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