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163 guns recovered

Police  in Lodwar have recovered 163 illegal firearms as part of the ongoing exercise of recovering firearms in the hands of the civilians.

The  County Police Commander (CPC), Samuel Ndanyi commended the public for supporting the exercise, saying it has helped boost security in the county.

“Since  the exercise started we have experienced peace along the Kitale-Lodwar Highway,” said Ndanyi.

He  said  Turkana South Sub County has been leading in the number of illegal firearms surrendered so far.

Last  week eight illegal firearms were recovered in the sub county bringing to 60 the number of guns recovered so far.

Meanwhile, the CPC  said  there will be no leave for officers in order to boost  security during the festive season.

The county boss added that officers would not be allowed to go on leave during the festive season.

“We are keen to ensure that all citizens are safe during the festive season,” said Ndanyi.

Ndanyi  added that police patrol along the Kitale-Lokichiggio road have been intensified.

Cases of highway robbery have in the past been witnessed along the highway especially during the festive season.

Meanwhile, passengers and motorists from Kapenguria to Lodwar on Tuesday morning  were left stranded at Ortum in West Pokot county after the road was swept away by raging floods.

Samuel  Otieno  told KNA that he  was stranded at Ortum after a temporary bridge constructed by Kenya National Highways Authority to connect Kitale-Lodwar road was swept away by floods.

One person has so far died at River Kawalase in Lodwar due to the ongoing rains.

By  Peter  Gitonga

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