More than 30 schools damaged during banditry in Kerio Valley in Rift Valley will be rebuilt by Kenya Defense Forces after President William Ruto gave this directive.
This comes after the government’s initiative to restore peace in the region in the ongoing operations in an area experiencing banditry activities.
The president directed that Sh100 million be used by KDF to help in the rehabilitation of schools to allow hundreds of children who had abandoned education to resume learning as soon as possible.
Most of the schools shut down due to banditry are located in Baringo, parts of Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, and West Pokot.
According to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) more than 50 schools in Kerio Valley were closed due to bandit attacks.
Appearing before the Senate National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity Committee, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki in March said all schools closed in bandit areas in the Rift Valley would reopen this term.
In addition to this, KDF will help restore other amenities which include water sources, roads, hospitals, and other community projects a move that has been welcomed by governors from the North Rift region.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, who is also chairman of the North Rift Economic Bloc, says they are happy with the success of the KDF-backed security operation in the region and the focus will now shift to putting in place sustainable peace and development programs.