IG David Kimaiyo says that he never said the families of the 19 slain Administration Police officers in the Kapedo attack will receive compensation worth Sh10 million.
The insurance company is working on the right amount to be compensated to the families.
He adds on to say that the officers deployed in Kapedo were qualified for the job. You cannot underrate the training officers receive .
The I.G said the officers had a life insurance cover that would be used to compensate them since they died in the line of duty.
He was speaking at a prayer service held for the slain officers during which various leaders called for the arrest and prosecution of the masterminds of the attack.
West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo has denied involvement in the West Pokot-Turkana Kapedo border conflict.
In a statement in the Senate yesterday, he said he played no role in the attacks that resulted in the killing of 24 police officers last Saturday.
Lonyangapuo said the conflict has no connection with the scramble for oil and mineral deposits on the common border.
“I am making this statement because there have been allegations by some leaders linking me to the said conflict. .. I would therefore like to set the record straight by refuting these allegations very strongly,” he said.
“I have been accused of perpetuating lawlessness in a camouflage for scramble for minerals and oil in Turkana County. This cannot be further from the truth. Indeed, the oil and minerals issue has nothing to do with the current conflict. The allegations are baseless and far from the truth. I also strongly condemn any act of banditry in the said counties or elsewhere,” he said.
Last week there were fresh attacks in the volatile region with politicians from the two counties blaming each other.
Lonyangapuo said the latest attacks were sparked off when a man from the Pokot community was beheaded at Kapedo shopping centre on August 30.
He said locals sought the help of the security to retrieve the head but they did not get help.
Lonyangapuo said he is committed to finding the root cause of the killings.
He called on the government to investigate the cause of the conflict.
Source: The Star
All National Police Service flags are flying at half mast today and will remain that way for the next four days in honor of the 21 AP officers killed in Kapedo, Turkana.
Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo gave the directive on Tuesday which affects both regular and AP flags.
The bodies of the slain officers have since been driven to Nairobi for preservation. The bandits who attacked the officers last Friday escaped with more than 20 guns and thousands of bullets but only five of the weapons have since been surrendered.
The bandits also torched a police vehicle before they escaped.
A major operation is ongoing there with the military joining the hunt on the gunmen.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has left for Kapedo where over 22 police officers were killed on Saturday in an ambush by bandits.
Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole Lenku and Inspector Generalof Police David Kimaiyo are already on the scene.
The attacks took place Saturday at Karasani, north of Kapedo along the Turkana-Baringo border .
The GSU officers had been escorting a recovery team from Toyota Kenya to retrieve the police Landcruiser that had been burnt whilst transporting examination papers on October 23.
“When the GSU and Toyota Kenya vehicles failed to return, a search operation was launched this morning, utilising helicopters that had been recently sent to the area along with GSU reinforcements following a spate of violent incidents,” said a source.
The aerial search located the police vehicle and the Toyota Kenya pick-up truck. Reports indicate that both vehicles have been burnt and discarded clothing and other debris can been seen in the immediate vicinity.
Confirming the incident Baringo County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo said that 22 GSU officers and six KPR officers were heading to Kapedo from Amayan to restore peace and order before suspected pokot bandits waylaid them at Chesitet.
Okwanyo said there was fierce exchange of fire at Lomelo and Kapau areas before the gunmen killed all the officers before razing down their vehicles.
He said that some police officers and a number of locals were still missing.
He said the mass killing of the security officers happens barely a week after three GSU officers were slaughtered including three civilians at Kapedo in an attack that saw bandits take away three guns with six police uniforms
Source : The Star