Govt allocates Ksh100M to reconstruct schools vandalized by bandits in West Pokot

Friday, June 9th, 2023 17:39 | By
Kindiki addressing residents in Pokot
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki addressing residents in West Pokot in a past event. PHOTO/Courtesy

Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced that the government has allocated Ksh100 million to facilitate reconstruction of schools that were shut down as a result of bandit attacks in West Pokot.

The money, according to Kindiki will also aid schools that were partially affected to resume normal operations.

"The government will allocate Ksh100M to reconstruct the schools that were either completely shut down or partially shut down, and to restore the infrastructure that is going to make those schools to get back to normal again," Kindiki said.

"The schools reconstruction will be done by our Kenya Defense Forces officers, being supported by our young people who have undergone training through National Youth Service, to support military officers and give labor and support to our engineers, to rebuild the schools and ensure we restore the infrastructure that can sustain education for our children," the CS added.

Kindiki on bandits

Kindiki has also condemned the bandit attacks, assuring the residents that all found culpable will be brought to book.

"We shall not allow criminals to take over any section of our country. All schools that were closed because of insecurity shall be opened immediately after reconstruction," he said.

Pastrolists holding firearms while herding in West Pokot. PHOTO/Courtesy

Further, Kindiki said that he will gazette the forest in Bombut which is well known as a criminal hide out as a disturbed area. "We are going to flash out every criminal from that forest," he said.

West Pokot Border Point

He also announced that the government will consider having a one-stop border point at the Kenya-Uganda border at Konyao area, to bring more revenue to the government.

"The one stop border point will boost business, allow legitimate travel to Uganda and increase government revenue," the CS added.

West Pokot road under construction. PHOTO/Courtesy

To facilitate the completion of the construction of the Ombolion-Hararee road, Kindiki said that his ministry will contribute to the construction of the road.

"The ministry of Interior will contribute Ksh10M towards the construction of that road and the area Member of Parliament will fund the rest of the budget through the Constituency Development Fund."

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