Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki on Wednesday enlightened the progress his ministry has made in the fight against banditry in North Rift Region.
Appearing before the Senate Committee on National Cohesion at Baringo County Hall, the CS revealed how insecurity had stopped learning activities in the area.
According to Kithure, one bandit became daring ,he moved into one of the schools that had been shut after terror broke out and turned it into his home.
“One of the schools was taken over by bandits and the classroom became the home of the bandits. Class Eight became the bedroom of the head of the family, Class Seven became the bedroom of the first wife, Class Six became the bedroom of the second wife and class five became the bedroom of the firstborn,” he told the committee.
“There is no greater level of impunity and lawlessness. The president has directed and we have taken the directive that even the remaining schools must be reopened.”
The CS said the government has reopened 14 out of the 21 schools that had been closed.
“We will do whatever it takes to defeat terror and ensure all the schools are reopened. So far we have reopened a total of 14 schools, and this is not just a media story ,I know the schools,” Kindidki Said.
Additionally, he also said some schools, bandits had completely vandalized and burned them down, and his ministry is working will the Ministry of Education to construct new schools.
He also revealed that they are discussing with Teacher Service Commission to get additional teachers from the local community because the teachers posted in the Region are not comfortable and keep asking for transfers.
Banditry has been on the rise in the north Rift Region, leading to the loss of hundreds of lives displacements of residents and loss of livestock’s.
The most affected counties are Baringo, Samburu and Turkana.
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