A week ago, Salina Jeruto, a nurse attendant at the Endo Mission Hospital in Marakwet East, cheated death by a whisker after bandits raided her home and drove away 40 goats.
When she saw the raiders, Jeruto, 45, raised her Catholic rosary and asked God to spare her life — something she has been doing for decades when marauding bandits wreaking havoc in the Kerio Valley come calling.
On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, however, she was not lucky. Another group of bandits ambushed her as she was heading home from her farm where she had picked vegetables for the evening meal. They sprayed her with bullets and she died on the spot.
Jeruto was one of two medical workers killed that day, the latest victims of the bandits in the Kerio Valley belt. Her death brought to seven the number of people killed in Elgeyo Marakwet County in four days alone.
The other health worker was a lab technician, killed at Kapkata in Arror, Marakwet West. The bandits launched simultaneous attacks in Marakwet East and Marakwet West sub-counties.
By, Maxmiller Kerubo