Marsabit disarmament exercise flops
23 January 2014, 11:41
Marsabit - Police and military officers conducting an operation to rid illegal weapons in Marsabit said the scheme had been ineffective after youth reportedly evaded capture.
The uniformed forces recently embarked on "Operation Okota Silaha Haramu" to disarm the citizens.
However, officials said the operation had yielded little results.
The officers said that they only found old men at home as the youth, who are mostly suspected of owning illegal weapons, had escaped the operation to take refuge in unknown locations.
“We have three suspects with us and three managed to escape. We are still pursuing them with our troops and the locals and we are yet to know whether they have got anything,” said operation leaders, Commander Anthony Kamithu.
Kamithu further expressed dissatisfaction over the small number of guns recovered considering more than 40 police officers were killed by suspected thugs in the town in 2012 and their weapons allegedly stolen.
Kamithu further appealed to the locals to remain at their respective homes as the operation progresses.
However, many locals were unhappy with operation's results.
They accused the government of under-utilizing its Intelligence department that would have made the capture of the elusive youths from their hideouts easier.
– CAJ News