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Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 18:34 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Police in Machakos County have impounded 30 gambling machines following a massive crackdown mounted in three key towns. Matungulu Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mwangi said police conducted operations in Kisukioni, Tala and Nguluni towns where several suspects were arrested.
Mr Mwangi, who addressed the press at Tala police post, said the illegal gaming activities, which had attracted school-going children, was to blame for increased cases of petty crime in the area. "There has been an upsurge of petty theft that we suspect has been fueled by the temptation by young people to make quick cash," said Mr Mwangi.
The administrator said the rampant cases of gambling among school-going teens, if not addressed, could degenerate into a social crisis. "These young people should be at home doing homework or helping their parents in the fields since the rains have started," Mwangi added.
The DCC, who was flanked by the area OCPD Joseph Chesire and the local District Administration Police Commander Peter Ndichu, warned the crackdown on illegal betting dens would continue particularly during this festive season. In the past few months, Matungulu sub county has been hit by a wave of insecurity involving burglary, theft and break-ins and the DCC urged the residents to give any information they may have to the police to help improve security in the area.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.