Police in Kitale are investigating two foreigners arrested in a Kitale hotel last week while using expired passports.
Speaking during Madaraka Day Celebrations at Namanjalala Primary School in Kwanza on Saturday, the Trans Nzoia County Commissioner (CC), Samson Ojwang said police are also investigating a youth found to have questionable contacts with the aliens.
We are concerned that the duo was giving this youth Sh.800, 000 every week and they have also bought him a house worth Sh.25million.
Ojwang commended staff of the hotel for alerting police, who moved fast to arrest the suspicious persons, adding that security personnel have also engaged EACC to investigate the incident.
The CC told residents that terrorists lived in their midst, thus the need to be vigilant and volunteer vital information to security apparatus, anytime they suspected anything unusual happening around them.
“With the our porous borders, I am calling on residents to be conscious all the time, I know we have already mapped out possible areas of radicalization and we are alive to factors that can lure the youth into terrorism and we have put in place measures to prevent and counter the acts”, he said.
On education, the CC asked all stakeholders to come together with the aim of improving academic results of the county.
He decried low examination grades in the area saying the worrying trend called for quick intervention. We had almost 66 percent of students who sat KCSE last year getting grade D and below, added Ojwang.
Speaking at the same function, the county governor, Patrick Khaemba asked residents to resist any attempts that are meant to bring down devolution.
He condemned MPs for voting to reduce monies meant for devolved units, saying they should instead increase county allocations to enhance development at the grassroots.
Khaemba asked residents to embrace modern farming methods and also take to diversification so as to increase their incomes.
Also present was Kwanza MP, Ferdinard Wanyonyi and Women representative, Janet Nangabo
By Pauline Ikanda