Convoy system introduced on Kitale-Lodwar road

Convoy system introduced on Kitale-Lodwar road

A convoy system has been introduced on Kitale-Lodwar highway following spates of attacks by suspected Pokot bandits.

BY ROBERT KARIUKI KAINUK, TURKANA SOUTH

Convoy system introduced on Kitale-Lodwar road

A convoy of ambulances in Lodwar Town. PHOTO By KEITH LOYAPAN

A convoy system has been introduced on Kitale-Lodwar highway following spates of attacks by suspected Pokot bandits.
Under the convoy system both public and private vehicles plying this route have to be escorted by security personnel.
The bandits have been targeting passengers and commercial vehicles using the highway attacking them and even in
most circumstances killing people and looting goods.

Areas of Kakong, Kaptir, Kalemorok, Kambi karae and Kainuk all in Turkana south sub-county are hot spots prone to
frequent attacks and raids by the bandits who target stealing cattle.

Three days can hardly pass without receiving sad news that one of the mentioned areas has been hit and what is even worse is the fact that recently things have gone out of hand and the attacks are been carried out along the road.
The bandits have rekindled a trait that was long forgotten after Moi’s regime and this time the style is different because the
weapons used are sophisticated.


On December 12 last year, Kainuk trading centre was attacked during day, which left three people dead, including a national police reservist and two others injured while the bandits managed to escape with 4415 livestock including 30 donkeys.

The attack that saw the number of those who have lost their lives rise to 23, angered the residents who blocked the Kitale-Lodwar highway with large tree logs for three days from 12th to 14th of December hence paralyzing transport.
The impact was felt all over the county with grocery products getting spoilt along the way creating a shortage of food supply in most town centres. After three days of protest by the youths, Turkana county






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