Ruto reveals at US tour that schools in bandit North Rift have normalized

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President William Ruto has said the security situation in the North Rift has stabilized, and that some schools have reopened.

President William Ruto has said the government has renovated fifteen schools and reopened twenty that were closed due to insecurity caused by bandits in the North Rift.

He said the government has deployed five thousand military and two thousand police officers to flush out the reigning bandits from Laikipia, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Samburu counties.

In a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden during his tour of the United States, Ruto said the security situation in North Rift has improved, noting that Kenya has troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia as part of the wider world peace and security mission.

President Joe Biden expressed deep appreciation of Kenya for deploying Kenyan forces to help stabilize Haiti.

The US has agreed to contribute $300 million to a multinational force that will include 1,000 Kenyan police officers towards this mission.

According to the UN, more than 2,500 people have been killed or injured across Haiti from January to March, while at least 95,000 people have fled the capital Port-au-Prince.

Bandits take combat positions in this file photo. President Ruto has said the country’s armed forces have been deployed to pacify them, but children are already in school.

Ruto’s US visit has seen the US sign a number of deals, including new partnerships with Kenya to support STEM education.

The historic deal signed at Spelman College entails new partnerships between universities and industry to drive innovation, research and job growth in STEM-related fields in Kenya and globally.

USAID also announced nearly $32 million (Ksh4.1 billion) investment in Kenya’s education system, which includes $850,000 (Ksh112 million) in support of the Edtech Africa initiative, a public-private programme to promote STEM partnerships, and a $6.5 million new project in Kenya, which aims to connect STEM graduates with jobs in fast-growing sectors of ICT and manufacturing.

There is also a new $24.5 million (Ksh3.2 billion) programme on early grade literacy to ensure that more Kenyans are prepared with the foundational skills they need to succeed in higher education.


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By Obegi Malack

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