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Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 17:29 EAT
Days after his political opponents seized on the recent killings of innocent people at a local shopping centre to question his leadership, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua seemed determined to regain the initiative on the security front, meeting top security officials from the region to discuss urgent measures to check runaway crime.
The governor held talks with members of the county security committee, which is dominated by national government officials, to review recent events that have left the residents alarmed. The killing of five night guards at Mitaboni Market on Thursday morning sent panic throughout the region which has witnessed a rise in violent crime in recent weeks.
A middle aged man was lynched this weekend by members of the public who implicated him in the Mitaboni killings.
The county security committee meeting was led by County Commissioner Matilda Sakwa, and it included Jacinta Wesonga (County Police Commander), Jonah Kirui (Head of CID) and Isaac Alima (County AP Commandant). Dr Mutua assured the residents after the meeting that his government had taken measures to beef up security in the county.
He urged them to report any suspicious persons to the nearest police station or notify the area chief and other security personnel like nyumba kumi and community policing. "I want to assure my people that my government has taken measures to contain security issues in the county. I urge citizens to be alert and to report any suspicious persons who may be amongst them,” he said.
Commissioner Sakwa also came to the governor’s aid by warning politicians who have seized on the Mitaboni attack to criticize the governor for non-performance. She said discussions on the attack could interfere with police investigations. "I want to warn political leaders who are politicizing the recent attack at Mitaboni trading center. The issues are being investigated and bringing politics is interference with the investigations,” she said.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press