Turkana County beefs up security

The Turkana County government has beefed up security to fight increasing violent crime and robbery.

This follows growing violence in; Kakong, Loyapat, Lami nyeusi and Lochakula areas which officials fear could curtail development.

Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok says that a closed-door security meeting with the county security committee, resolved to address the issue, which has resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of properties.

Says Nanok: “We have agreed to work together so that we can protect pending county projects like the construction of the ksh100million Eco-lodge. We need to offer security to the projects so that they can be completed then we can realize the benefits.”

Joseph Omoit, the proprietor of Elman Construction Company, which was contracted to build the eco-lodge, says that theft of building materials has stalled construction work while suspected bandits killed three police reservists at the construction site at the beginning of the year.
Omoit says that bandits also vandalized the main store destroying water storage facilities.

When complete, the eco-lodge will have a reception, 40 rooms, a swimming pool, security houses, car park and a perimeter fence. It is expected to provide accommodation for tourists visiting South Turkana National Reserve.

Omoit says that once security is assured, workers will resume work at the construction site.

Governor Nanok says that bushes along the 100km road from Kainuk to Kalimorock would be cleared because they act as hideouts for bandits who waylay travellers. Also, the bush clearing would enhance visibility.

Julius Mathenge, the County commissioner says security units comprising administration and regular police, General Service Unit, anti-theft stock unit and the national police reservists would patrol the highway and establish temporary watchtowers.

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