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Kerio Valley schools assured of security

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 09:08 | By
Outgoing Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner Dr Ahmed Omar (pictured) said all schools will have two officers; one from the National Police Service and the other from police reservists to ensure students prepare and sit for their exams in a secured environment. PHOTO/COURTESY

The government has deployed adequate security in all schools along the Kerio Valley, ahead of the forthcoming national examinations.

Outgoing Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner Dr Ahmed Omar (pictured) said all schools will have two officers; one from the National Police Service and the other from police reservists to ensure students prepare and sit for their exams in a secured environment.

Addressing the press in Iten town yesterday, Omar, flanked by members of the security team, said the government will also start using drones to monitor activities of criminals who steal livestock and disappear into the bushes.

“In a bid to ensure adequate security, the government has beefed up patrols. We have also provided two land cruisers to enable security personnel respond swiftly to any insecurity incident,” he said.

Omar used the opportunity to respond to a viral video, which was widely circulated in social media, showing students of St Benedict Arror Girls lie prostrate on the floor after an alleged bandit attack in the neigbourhood, saying it was all lies.

Security team summoned the school’s principal, who is believed to have captured the clip but later freed her, saying she had adequately explained what transpired.

The institution will be included in the list of schools to have enhanced security. Meanwhile, Marakwet West MP William Kisang has urged the government to deploy Kenya Defence Forces to stem runaway insecurity in the area.

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