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Monday, 10 Oct 2016 16:37 EAT
Leaders in Machakos County have decried the increased cases of armed robbery and called on the cabinet secretary for Interior and National Co-ordination Joseph Nkaissery to ensure that all citizens are provided with security. Led by MPs Stephen Mule (Matungulu) and Robert Mbui (Kathiani), the leaders spoke during the burial ceremony of a businessman on Saturday who was attacked and killed by armed robbers at his shop in Kisukioni Market two weeks ago.
The leaders condemned the recent killings within the county and accused the police of laxity in their work for failing to apprehend serial killers who are on the loose. The late Timothy Kathuma was brutally murdered by armed robbers with machetes at his shop during a robbery spree in which the thieves made away with valuables.
During the operation, thieves broke into several shops at the market, which surprisingly serves as the sub county’s headquarters and also houses the Deputy County Commissioner and local police bosses. At the burial, Mr Mule blamed the Administration Police officers who are based only a few metres away from the market for failing to respond to alarms raised by civilians and also turned away a man who went to inform them about the incident. The APs allegedly responded to the man by saying their work "was not to guard shops."
“We have had enough of these killings. There are serial killings happening in the county and no action is being taken. We have information that the police at Kisukioni were informed that shops were being broken into but said that it is not there work to guard shops. This is unacceptable,” said Mr Mule.
The MP called on the Administration Police commander in Machakos County Isaac Alima,for action: “We want to tell AP Commander Isaac Alima to summon the AP officers in Kisukioni and also to make reshuffles in all sub counties within Machakos County. We cannot continue to watch as our people die in such callous manner every so often,” said the Matungulu legislator.
Mr Mbui told CS Nkaissery that Kenyans were watching how his office was acting on the failure by the police to ensure that all citizens are provided with security. This comes barely a month after 5 night guards were brutally murdered in Mitaboni Market, Kathiani sub county in a robbery spree in a similar manner something which the leaders partly blamed the county government for making empty promises to install cctv cameras and floodlights in every market.
“We want to urge Nkaissery to give enough security to all citizens and the county government of Machakos should fulfill the promise to citizens to install CCTV cameras and mulika mwizi (floodlights) in every market,” added Mbui.
According to investigations done by the Kenya Free Press, so far three suspects (two men and one lady) are being held at the Kangundo Police Station in connection with the murder of the businessman and will assist police in investigations.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press