October 01, 2020

Why Uhuru issued shoot to kill directive

President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a shoot to kill order for residents who fail to surrender illegal guns in Kapedo, Turkana County.

Speaking on Sunday, President Uhuru issued a stern warning to illegal gun holders indicating that his Government would not tolerate them.

“Those who own the illegal firearms should surrender them as soon as possible. If they do not return the arms, utarudi nyumbani ukiwa kwasanduku (you will be taken home in a coffin),” he said.

Uhuru asked Governor Josphat Nanok to work with other leaders in the area to ensure the exercise was successful.

The Head of State added that more police officers would be deployed to Kapedo in Turkana East which has experienced a lot of insecurity over the years.

“We will have more officers posted to Kapedo. We will not allow people to continue disturbing the peace and rights of other Kenyans.

“The teachers will also be protected so that they can educate our children for the sake of their future,” Uhuru stated.

Turkana East MP Mohammed Ali welcomed Uhuru’s directive but urged him to ensure good roads were put up to improve security.

“We now have enough security but Kapedo needs a permanent solution. We need Government officials like the county commissioner to help us sort the issue. We need good roads from Kapeddo to Nakuru to improve on security,” MP Ali requested the President.

The President was speaking in Turkana County when he flagged off the transportation of oil from Ngamia 8 Well in Lokichar, Turkana South Constituency.

Uhuru said the initial petroleum exports would complement the country’s existing development projects under the BIG 4 agenda.

The President further stated that the project would create scalable local employment and business opportunities including in the hospitality and security sectors.

It is also expected to enhance vocational training opportunities for young people to ensure that they participate in the oil and gas industry.

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