"They violated the sovereignty of this country by crossing the border and abducting the two nuns and three drivers, we cannot allow this to happen." The minister said the government will maintain a massive security operation at the Kenyan-Somali border until the two nuns are traced alongside the three drivers. He also said the militiamen must return three government vehicles that they stole during the raid. Reacting to reports that families were fleeing their homes in Mandera following a security operation in the area, Saitoti defended the exercise, saying it will continue. "It should not be surprising to any person that we do have beefed up security around that border. And we have no apologies to make. The security is there to deter those who want to violate laws and cross to our border, they are not there to molest any Kenyans at all," he said. The minister further said the Kenyan-Somali border would remain closed until security is improved, noting that cattle rustling was a challenge that the government had to deal with. "This menace has almost become a norm among pastoralist communities, and this has to be brought to an end," he said. The minister said he has been holding meetings with security officials and leaders from the affected areas to seek ways to resolve the issue.
In addition, Saitoti said the military operation in Mandera called to contain clan fightings had been scaled down to allow for peace talks between the clans, political and religious leaders from the region. He said the operation was successful and had led to the recovery of weapons. The clan fights sparked by disputes over pasture and watering holes for livestock led to the death of over 20 people. Saitoti said security had also been beefed up in Nairobi's Central Business District, following a wave of robberies targeting at businesses. "The robberies have to come to an end. The criminals are being hunted down," said Saitoti
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