Kenya to send more police to contain violence in Busia, Bungoma

May 12, 2013

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Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto on Friday (May 10th) ordered the deployment of an additional 150 General Service Unit (GSU) police officers to quell violence in Busia and Bungoma counties in western Kenya, Kenya's Capital FM reported.

Ruto made the decision after visiting the area, where recent attacks killed 13 people and injured more than 100. Accompanied by Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, Ruto grilled members of the county security team as to why they have failed to end the violence.

Five additional vehicles will be sent to the area to increase the efficacy of the security forces, and officers who have overstayed their deployments have been transferred out, Kimaiyo said.

Kimaiyo called on the public to tell police what they witness. "I want to thank the 20 members of public who have come forward to record statements and wish to urge more to come forward and do the same," he said. "This information is critical because it will definitely help us in bringing this matter to a satisfactory close."

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