I saw horrifying news on our local news stations and wondered why it had to happen that way. This was not the first time to hear and watch security officers retrieving the bodies of their fallen colleagues in a botched operation is areas prone to cattle rustling.
In November 12, 2012 Kenyan news stations carried news headlines about Baragoi massacre where over 40 police officers were killed in a failed operation in Turkana region, northern Kenya. We were left in shock as we saw decomposing bodies being retrieved from the scene. Up to today, we do not have the truth. What went wrong and who was the person in command…
In recent incident, over 20 police officers were ambushed and killed in Kasarani area along Kapedo Lokori road -Turkana East Constituency as they were trying to tow the vehicle that was burnt by the bandits in a separate incident. This shows the level of insecurity in that area, but the question remains why did senior police officer underestimate the situation and chose to go the easy way— sending inexperienced police officers in such a dangerous mission?
In both incidents, should we blame it on ignorance in our police force or there is something that we are not being told? Here is why we should think outside the box. How?
We have to put in mind that this region is very sensitive security wise, and one would think twice before setting the ball rolling. However, one thing has remained unaltered, they let history to repeat itself.
Lets say the man or woman behind that operation knew very well what was going to happen. Being someone who has benefited mostly in cattle rustling business, he or she masterminded the whole operation in both ways— being for the junior police officers and on the other hand commanding the bandits.
We know that we are very fragile when money is lying on the table. Corruption can make someone lose his or her mind— divulge plans and secrets to the enemies and let evil to prevail.
A good reason why the victims called for back-up but all their cries fell on dead end. I hate this! How would you send your people on a dangerous mission and fail to have a back-up plan? I wonder!
Another thing that could have let to this recent killings is the forgetfulness of Kenyans. Yep! It is two years since the first incident occurred, now again because an officer in command forgot to warn other police officers that the operation was not that simple. So, I guess they just went into the trap and oops! May day…..
Mmm! Up now no one has resigned because of this? Okay, this is just Kenya I know. Monthly pay comes first before responsibilities.
I hate Evil!