Hi Bandits, How KDF handled the Sabaot Land Defence force

In March 2008, after the December 2007 election, the Kenyan army was deployed to regain control of Mt.Elgon district, in a joint operation with the police called ‘Operation Okoa Maisha’ (‘Save Lives’ in Swahili).

Local residents initially welcomed the crackdown but were quickly alienated by the strategy pursued by the security forces. The scale of the human rights violations committed by the Kenyan security forces in the course of their operations against the SLDF, in particular systematic torture, is truly shocking.

Victims described to Human Rights Watch how military and police units rounded up nearly all males in Mt. Elgon district, some of them children as young as 10.

At military camps, most notoriously one called Kapkota, every detainee appeared to have been tortured and forced to identify members of the SLDF or the location of weapons.

Security personnel beat them with sticks, chains, and rifles. Some people died as a result and their bodies were removed in helicopters for disposal in the forest. Suspects were then ‘screened’ by walking past informers who decided if they were members of the SLDF or not.

Significantly, the screening took place after the initial torture. Most were then released, some with very grave injuries. The others were detained, some tortured further and then either “disappeared” by the military or handed over to the police and taken to jails at Bungoma and Kakamega.

Local human rights groups say they documented 72 people dead and 34 missing since the beginning of the operation on March 9 and the end of June 2008; a source within the operation put the figures even higher, saying up to 2220 were extra-judicially killed.

According to the military’s own figures they detained nearly 4,000 people. Of these, the military say they transferred around 800 to jail. As of June 2008, about 758 SLDF suspects had been arraigned in court on charges of promoting war-like activities, although many of these have since been bailed.

Human Rights Watch saw several bodies in local mortuaries that attendants said had come from Kapkota camp. They showed visible signs of torture such as welts, bruises, broken bones, rope burns on wrists and feet, and swollen soft tissue.

According to local human rights workers, over 450 detainees including 32 children of school-going age, were held in extremely congested conditions in Bungoma jail during March, April, and May 2008. They were initially denied adequate medical attention, despite the fact that fifty died in custody from their wounds, and others remained in critical condition.

Unfortunately the only language Bonobos understand - brutal force. Uliza mkoloni.

The army is very good at fighting unarmed civilians - they can’t do this to the tough Pokot sharpshooters

New management ime land na aggressive bots.

kdf ni bad news.

Kuna time FTS yao ilidunda na ikasemekana a rifle is missing.Hapo ndio tukajua kulala mtaa itakuwa ngumu.

Going to be a tough test for KDF. Unlike SLDF that was concentrated in a small part of Bungoma, this particular campaign covers some of the largest geographical counties in Kenya- especially Turkana and Samburu. Great resources will be required. The terrains are harsh. Not sure if the bandits will hang around for the operation or cross the border to UG and SS.

Hakuna bandits huko. Those ‘bandits’ are hired macenaries hired by big individuals to ensured meat is supplied to major towns.huko hakuna mtu kdf wanaenda kushika

I love the way you have simpified it.

In the military we’re are trained to do one thing, and that is to kill. Nothing else. When there is an operation i.e the Mt. Elgon one, a strategy and some dynamics have to be considered. For example in Elgon, the enemy was being given supplies and intelligence by the locals and that had to be cut off. There was an oath of secrecy that was administered to the locals including school kids. In the army we are taught that anyone who is not with you is against you. The strategy we used in Elgon was scorched earth policy. The enemy was starved off of food and information, this strategy worked because it forced the enemy out of his hideouts, they didn’t know our positions or what we were up to and also above all they were mentally worked up. If you corner an enemy he either fights back, which they rarely do or shift position.

Yap. This can only work for a rag-tag militia. For the Pokot toughs, they will melt into the bush and cross to UG and SS and not without having inflicted some casualties on KDF with their sniping. Anybody who has been to those badlands the Suguta valley, Baragoi etc know what I’m talking about.

so tuame kenya bandits wachukue?

The bandits are very cunning.By now,they have burried their weapons and camouflaged to civilian life.After a few months,they will be back since the kenyan government will not maintain a serious offensive on them for so long

scorched earth policy even to school kids

Mbona walichapwa na Al shabab kama Burukenge pale El Adde?

kama ni citizens Burukenge ndio sisi.

Si unakula nyama ya ngombe za kuibiwa Ngombe ii

We should air drop rinderpest on their cows using helicopters and the planes used to spray locusts during covid19. Zijazwe rinderpest kwamitungi imeagiwe ngombe zao zote