The government has assured the safety of travelers using the Isiolo-Marsabit highway during this Christmas season.
Speaking after chairing a security meeting in Maralal town, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner (RC) Maalim Mohamed said that the security apparatus has received reports of highway banditry activities especially on the 104-kilometer stretch that passes through Samburu County.
Maalim disclosed that a contingent of additional security personnel has been immediately deployed to patrol the notorious 104-kilometer stretch.
“We have taken control of the highway and I want to assure travelers using that route during this Christmas season that their safety is the government’s priority,” he said.
Maalim added that the same measures are being put in place by the RC for Eastern Region after they held talks on securing the route.
The RC noted that the security agents have already profiled seven suspected highway bandits and they are currently being pursued to face justice.
At the same time Maalim lauded the governor of Samburu County for agreeing to facilitate the salaries and training of additional National Police Reservists (NPRs) who will boost the fight against cattle rustling and banditry in Samburu County.
He said the first cohort of NPRs will be deployed in the three constituencies in the county to firmly deal with insecurity while others will be deployed to patrol the 104 kilometer stretch along the Isiolo-Marsabit highway.
“A minimum of 120 NPRs will be deployed in the three constituencies in Samburu County. This is part of the government’s commitment to deal with runaway insecurity in Samburu County,” he reiterated.
By Robert Githu