Learning resumes in schools vandalised by bandits – Kindiki
Learning has resumed in schools whose infrastructure had been damaged and vandalised by bandits, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has said.
Speaking during a public security baraza at Kapindasum Primary School in Baringo South, Baringo County yesterday, Prof Kindiki said the security operation which started about three months ago was bearing fruit.
More than 10 schools had been following pro- longed cases of insecurity as locals fled to safer areas. But, speaking yesterday, Prof Kindiki said normalcy was returning.
Kapindasum Primary School had less than 100 pupils in March and now has 258 pupils, said Kindiki.
“The Government, through the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the National Youth Ser-
vice (NYS), will reconstruct all schools in the North Rift Valley counties that were damaged by armed criminals, equip them and deploy enough teachers to ensure that learning continues uninterrupted,” he said.
He said security patrols will be intensified in all banditry-prone areas “to ensure that criminals do not re-group.”
Area MP Charles Ka- muren (Baringo South) said that Kindiki called the meeting in response to last Sunday’s banditry attack in Kiserian, Mukutani ward.
“The Cabinet Secretary visited the most affected areas of Kasiela, Kiserian, and Kapindasum,” the legislator said.
At the same time, the Cabinet Secretary assured locals that all the areas that have been gazetted as disturbed and dangerous remain out of bounds to all unauthorized persons.
He said that the government will deploy additional National Police Reservists to support security agents in all the security-prone areas in Baringo County.
Noting that learn- ing was almost back to normal in most of the
schools that had been affected by insecurity, Kindiki said additional teachers will be deployed to ensure that learners get fully back on track.
He further stated that the government will start a special food program in all the schools within the security-prone areas of the Baringo South constituency in a bid to keep our children in school.
“As a Constituency, we’re much grateful to the CS for his visit to Baringo South Constitu- ency and his passion towards the restoration of peace,” Kamuren said.