Turkana Governor accuses KDF of using bombs against civilians
Tuesday, 3rd March 2023
Turkana Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai has accused Kenya Defense Force (KDF) of using bombs on civilians in the ongoing joint operation with the National Police Service (NPS) to weed out suspected bandits in the region.
The governor alleged that the military troops deployed in the region used explosives in Turkana South and West Pokot.
He pointed out the weekend bombardments at Kalemngorok in Turkana South as the security operatives attempted to recover stolen livestock.
Speaking in Lodwar, Lomorukai condemned the action by the military using choppers and sophisticated weapons that affected innocent civilians, including children some of whom sustained injuries.
He said several residents and livestock were injured during the bombing incident.
“It is inhuman for the military to use bombs against innocent civilians. We have reports that some residents, among them children, and livestock were wounded during the incident. I condemn this in the strongest terms possible,” The Standard quotes Lomorukai to have said.
The governor also used the opportunity to appeal to leaders in the affected regions to preach peace to stop the viscious conflict that is being witnessed.
President William Ruto over in February ordered KDF to join the National Police Service (NPS) in security operations in all bandit-prone areas. The operation targets six counties, including Turkana, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Laikipia and Samburu.