President William Ruto at Meru dairy farmers field day. He ordered IG Koome to deal with bandits in Igembe. Photo. POOL

President William Ruto has ordered the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to deal with bandits and restore security in Meru.

The President issued the orders at Gitoro showground during the 8th annual Meru Central Dairy Cooperative Union farmers field day.

This follows this week’s killing of five people during a raid that left more than 300 cattle stolen.

“I have ordered Inspector of Police Japheth Koome to personally visit Meru on Monday to find out who is sleeping on the job. We will deal with criminals in those affected areas in Meru,” said President Ruto.

The president also warned that officers who are sleeping on their job will be fired.

“We must make sure that we secure our country. Igembe and other areas affected by banditry must be secured. We will not allow our people to lose their lives in the hands of these criminals. Those sleeping on their job will be dealt with,” warned Ruto.

Meru Senator Kathuri Murungi called for security in Igembe North, with an appeal to the government to consider support to those who lost their families.

In a quick rejoinder, Ruto promised that the government will intervene and support families of those who were killed by the bandits.

Those killed early this week, included two National Police Reservists(NPR) officers who were shot dead at Njaruine village of Amwathi ward in Igembe North sub county.

Sources said that more than 70 armed men raided the village on Monday night killing one person, as three others were killed on Tuesday morning.

During the attack, several other people were injured and rushed to Mutuati level four hospital where they were treated.


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