In Summary
  • Leaders from West Pokot County on Saturday visited the area in the company of security officers.

  • Pokot Central Deputy County Commissioner Geoffrey Kithinji said the raiders ambushed herders while they were grazing.

  • Sigor MP Peter Lochakapong condemned the incident and asked security officers to intensify patrols along the border.

Tension remains high in Chesogon along the volatile border of West Pokot and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties where five people were shot dead Friday by bandits.

Four other people were seriously injured during the attack in which more than 300 cattle were stolen.

Leaders from West Pokot County led by Governor John Lonyangapuo, MPs Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria) and Peter Lochakapong (Sigor) on Saturday visited the area in the company of security officers.

For more than three hours, a gunfight ensued in the area between the raiders and police reservists.

Confirming the incident, Pokot Central Deputy County Commissioner Geoffrey Kithinji said the raiders ambushed herders while they were grazing in Chesegon Village.

SECURITY DEPLOYED

The administrator said that security officers have been deployed along the border to help in the recovery of animals.

“We highly suspect that these attackers crossed over from the neighbouring community but we have already deployed our team on the ground to get to the bottom of this matter,” said Mr Kithinji.  

He said that calm had been witnessed in the area for the past few months, adding that investigations are ongoing to establish the root cause of the attack.  

Addressing journalists, the Sigor MP condemned the incident and asked security officers to intensify patrols along the border.

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