Water and Sanitation CS Alice Wahome. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Shukri Osman

Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome has been safely evacuated after her convoy was trapped in a shootout between bandits and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers in Marsabit.

CS Wahome was from inspecting the construction of Bakuli Dam when the incident happened.

A group of armed cattle rustlers had killed a herder before stealing an unknown number of goats and cows near Catholic Shrine in Saku Sub-County.

The criminals are said to have driven the animals into Marsabit forest where they bumped into the wildlife officers who engaged them in a fierce gunfight.

The CS was safely evacuated to Marsabit Police Station where she boarded a flight to Nairobi.

The incident comes barely a week after eight people including three minors were killed in a bandit attack in Laisamis.

Local leaders have since appealed to President William Ruto and Interior CS Kithure Kindiki to offer a lasting solution to the insecurity crisis being experienced in the county.

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