More than 200 camels recovered from bandits were handed over to their owners, marking another significant win in the war against the livestock rustling network, which is now on the wane after running into a series of washouts under Operation Maliza Uhalifu.

Hon. Kindiki who witnessed the handover of the camels to their owners in Isiolo reiterate the government’s commitment to ending the banditry menace in the North Rift region.

Cabinet Secretary Kindiki noted that security agencies have achieved crucial successes in the ongoing war against violent livestock robbers who have been terrorizing communities in Northern Kenya.

“The Government is committed to provide a firm policy framework for eradication of banditry, encouraging and rewarding security officers who demonstrate exceptional valor, risking their lives to ensure banditry threats are neutralized and stolen livestock is recovered,” stated Kindiki.

He issued a stern warning to security officers, public officials and opinion leaders aiding banditry, stating that they will face “painful legal consequences”.

The CS reasserted that the operation will only get more intense until the last glimmer of the criminal gang is snuffed out.

CS Kindiki also commended political leaders from the counties of Isiolo and Samburu for expressing a genuine willingness to shoulder more responsibility in the identification of livestock rustling suspects, even as the government pushes ahead with its cash reward initiative for security officers and mwananchi who contribute to the arrest of key persons of interest and the recovery of stolen animals.