Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has delivered a strong message to the security team in Meru County regarding the increasing incidents of cattle rustling in the northern parts of the region.

During a security briefing held at Mutuati in Meru County, Kindiki emphasized the critical need to address the persistent problem of livestock theft urgently.

“Meru County Security team must give top priority and undivided attention to the ongoing livestock rustling menace in Mutuati and other areas of Meru North,” he emphasized.

The Cabinet Secretary underscored the severity of the situation, highlighting the significant harm and economic losses caused by marauding armed criminals, stressing the imperative of eradicating this menace completely.

“It is unacceptable for armed criminals to continue wreaking havoc, causing fatalities, and perpetuating economic hardships. This criminal activity must be eradicated decisively,” Kindiki asserted.

In a firm stance against complacency and collusion, Kindiki warned security officers of severe consequences if found negligent or involved in criminal activities.

“Security personnel found negligent or complicit with criminals for personal gain will face severe repercussions. We will not tolerate such misconduct; instead, they will be dismissed from duty and prosecuted,” he warned.

Directing his message to security managers, Kindiki urged unified action and collaboration to swiftly address the cattle rustling crisis, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.

“The issue of cattle rustling must be resolved promptly. I urge security managers in this county to work together as a cohesive unit to tackle this challenge,” he urged.

Recognizing the demanding circumstances faced by security officers operating in regions plagued by banditry and livestock theft, Kindiki commended their dedication and patriotism, encouraging them to maintain their resolve.

Officers who contribute to neutralizing the menace of livestock rustling will be duly acknowledged and rewarded for their service, the CS assured.

To confront the issue in Meru, the government has implemented significant measures, including deploying National Police Reservists (NPRs) and elite security units, designating certain areas as ‘disturbed and dangerous.’

Last November, an additional 140 National Police Reservists (NPR) were deployed in Meru North to bolster police efforts in combating livestock rustling.

Moreover, the government has bolstered security by establishing more security camps for the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and the General Service Unit (GSU) special forces in the affected areas.

Kindiki urged the public to cooperate with security agencies and government administrators by providing intelligence on criminals, emphasizing the government’s commitment to curbing insecurity and apprehending perpetrators.

“Security officers are authorized to use their firearms to lawfully safeguard citizens and their property. Any armed criminals challenging security agencies will face severe consequences,” Kindiki affirmed, reiterating the government’s resolve to maintain law and order.

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