Calls for change of approach to end banditry

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Turkana Governor during burial of one of the victims killed by bandits

Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai on 1st of April joined other mourners during the burial of Jackline Akorot Ewalan, who was murdered by bandits along the Lodwar-Kitale Road where he condemned continued bandit terror and called for change of strategy in operation to end the menace.

Speakers at the burial held in Johannesburg, Lodwar Town, used the occasion to raise concern on banditry along the border with West Pokot and Baringo calling for firm response to bring culprits to justice.

Governor Lomorukai condemned Jackline’s murder and expressed his sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

The late Jackline Akatorot laid to rest

Highlighting the prolonged history of banditry in Turkana County, the Governor underscored that the phenomenon had lasted for over 60 years, leading to the death of many innocent residents.

He reassured residents that Turkana leaders were united in their collective effort to find a lasting solution to the insecurity that had beset the region for far too long.

“As Turkana leaders, we have an agenda to ensure the safety and security of all our people and our borders, and to foster peace and stability in all troubled areas of the county. We shall not engage in empty rhetoric,” said Governor Lomorukai.

Moreover, the Governor vehemently condemned the murder of Jackline and other innocent residents who have fallen victim to the barbaric acts of banditry in the region. He called for a change of tactics by security agencies to end the heinous acts.

The county boss also implored the National Government to bolster security along the Lodwar-Kitale Road, by deploying security agencies to the hideouts of the bandits located within the South Turkana National Reserve and neighbouring areas.

He further advocated for the construction of better road networks into the region to support a more robust security operation to flush out the criminals.

Governor Lomorukai committed to supporting the mother of the late Jackline Akorot Ewalan to receive medical attention required to complete the journey which led to her daughter’s demise.

Other leaders present were MCAs James Ikeny (Kanamkemer) and Ruth Kuya (Township) among others.

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