Interior CS Kithure Kindiki has said the Government is concerned by reports of repeated livestock theft in Meru North, perpetuated by armed criminals during the past month.
He said security has been enhanced, more security camps of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) and the General Service Unit (GSU) special forces set up in the area.
The CS said they have started the training of 140 additional National Police Reservists (NPR) beginning Monday morning.
“We commend security officers who have diligently and courageously faced the armed criminals and recovered a substantial amount of the stolen livestock. Efforts to recover the remaining livestock are underway,” he said.
He said security operations must be depoliticized, and any leader, their political persuasion or influence notwithstanding, who incites, finances or plans banditry and livestock rustling will be apprehended and prosecuted.
Kindiki held a security strategy meeting with members of the Eastern Regional Security and Intelligence Committee, Meru County and Mutuati Sub-County Security and Intelligence teams and the local commanders of ASTU, GSU and other security formations.
The meeting was held at Theera in Mutuati Sub-County, Igembe North Constituency, Meru County to assess the security situation.
This followed reports of repeated livestock theft by armed criminals.