The Busia County Commissioner (CC), Jacob Narengo has urged all residents to be law abiding citizens.
Speaking during the celebrations to mark the 56th Jamhuri Day in Butula Sub County on Thursday, Narengo stated that the County was in the press over the heinous killing of six bouncers at Masebula village in Butula Sub County last month.
“Those were innocent young men who were struggling to earn a living,” he said, adding that their lives were cut off in a bad way.
He explained that nobody is above the law in this country except the serving president, adding that the Administration should decisively deal with perpetrators of mob justice.
“As residents of Busia, that incident painted us negatively,’ he said, adding that council of elders should be empowered to make them relevant in advising the community.
The CC challenged the council of elders to attend chiefs’ barazas with a view to have opportunity to advice the youth.
Narengo at the same time, urged parents to be responsible and know the whereabouts of their children during this festive season.
“All parents should be accountable and know the whereabouts of their children,” he said, adding that all girls should be protected if the county has to achieve the 100% transition from Primary to Secondary school next year.
He directed all the Deputy County Commissioners to ensure that all chiefs within their areas of jurisdiction have registers of all students who sat for KCPE this year.
“This will help them to trace the students next year,” he said, adding that even candidates who are pregnant will transit to secondary schools.
The official further told the National Government Administration Officers to arrest perpetrators of defilement and ensure that they are taken to court.
He at the same time, appealed to boda boda riders’ leadership to advise some of the operators suspected to have engaged in the killing of the six bouncers at Masebula village to surrender to the investigating officers.
“We know a number of them and some have escaped to Mombasa and other areas,” he said warning that they will not hide for long.
The CC noted that the riders are being used to execute instant mob justice, adding that all the riders must be registered.
Narengo disclosed that five suspects in connection with the killing of the six bouncers at Masebula area last month have been remanded and are assisting with further investigations.
He urged the local residents to volunteer information to security agencies instead of blaming them.
The Butula MP, Joseph Oyula reiterated the need for local residents to volunteer information to security officers adding that security situation was improving.
Oyula urged parents to prepare school fees for their children who are expected to join form one next year instead of banking on Constituency Development Funds.
By Salome Alwanda