Editor's Review

"Tell him to leave Jogoo House where he is and let us hear him speak from Kerio Valley." 

Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot has faulted the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome for his silence on the banditry in the North Rift Region.

Speaking on Sunday, March 31 in Bomet County, wondered why the Police IG is quiet when Kenyans are being attacked by bandits.

The Kericho Senator noted that Interior CS Kithure Kindiki should not be entirely blamed for the insecurity in the North Rift region.

“I want to ask, where did the person we gave the Inspector General of Police job, named Koome, go? Why don't I hear his voice? How can you be the Inspector General of Police and Kenyans are being killed and maimed every day yet you are silent?” Cheruiyot posed.

The UDA Senator told IG Koome to move from his office and visit the North Rift regions that are targeted by bandits.

File image of Japhet Koome. 

Cheruiyot dared the police chief to resign if he could not protect Kenyans living in the North Rift Region.

"Tell him to leave Jogoo House where he is and let us hear him speak from Kerio Valley, where our brothers and sisters are being murdered and killed every day. If he has failed in the role of safeguarding the peace in Kenya, then he should leave the office so that we can find other people who can ensure the safety of our people's lives,” the Senate Majority Leader added.

The North Rift region has been experiencing renewed banditry attacks with dozens shot dead in the last few weeks.

On Saturday police officers gunned down three bandits in a fierce shootout in Lorugum, Turkana County.

One of the suspects identified as Simon Lopongorei is a notorious gang leader with three pending court cases of robbery with violence, gang-rape and threatening to kill.

The second suspect was identified as Lokucha Ngeruk alias sharpshooter, a close associate and aide to Lopongorei while the third suspect was identified as 21-year-old Tiya Logumo.