- The people of northern Kenya are citizens just like all the others, and deserve protection by their government.
The spectre of violence in the north of the country, in which scores of villagers have been slaughtered by bandits in the recent past, is a manifestation of a perennial problem that continues to bedevil the region.
The people are at the mercy of raiders notorious for wreaking havoc.
Their desperation is not helped by the fact that the terrain is hostile and largely inaccessible, making it difficult for security forces to quickly bring the deadly threat under control.
The latest incident in Marsabit County claimed 10 lives, including two police officers.
That the bandits are so audacious as to so brazenly attack even police on patrol, indicates the gravity of the security challenge.
These so-called cattle rustlers are, in fact, hardcore criminals armed with sophisticated weapons and, who often leave a trail of death and destruction in their wake.