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Commissioner Wants Citizens to Take Part in Combating Crime

The newly posted Machakos County Commissioner Fredrick Ndunga has appealed to area residents to complement government’s efforts in providing security in the area.

Ndunga said members of the public have a key role to play in promoting security, noting that remaining vigilant and volunteering vital information on suspects to the relevant authorities, would in the long run help security agencies to combat and control crime.

The county commissioner spoke Thursday at various places when he led members of the local County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (CDICC) in touring various projects in Kathiani and Matungulu sub-counties.

Ndunga called on leaders at all levels in the county to join hands with the local security agents to ensure a secure environment for all, so as to promote peace and development.

“I call upon all leaders from the very top level to the Nyumba Kumi clusters to join hands with us to fight insecurity,” he appealed.

However, Ndunga warned that the government will not relent in its efforts to provide security in the county and asked parents to warn their children, especially the youth on the dangers of crime.

“As parents you have a responsibility to guide your children so that even if they are not gainfully employed they desist from criminal activities,” he stressed, adding that there was no justification whatsoever for anyone to engage in crime.

The County Commissioner who also chairs the County Security Committee urged wananchi to utilize the toll-free number 988 to report any criminal activity in their areas.

“I urge all residents to use the toll-free line to report cases of crime in their areas. All you need to do is to alert us on where you are in the County and the kind of crime being committed then leave the rest to us,” he told residents.

At the same time, the County Commissioner warned men who sexually molest minors of dire consequences.

He decried the rising cases of defilement and incest in the county and called for an end to the vices. “Some of these things are shameful to even imagine and I fail to understand what kind of evil spirit can possess a grandfather to molest his own grandchild, its totally disgraceful and must stop forthwith,” he said.

On the Coronavirus pandemic, Ndunga warned the residents of dropping the guard, saying the virus still loomed large and was a real threat to humanity.

Subsequently, the county commissioner urged residents to strictly adhere to the Ministry of Health covid-19 containment measures including washing of hands, wearing of masks and keeping social distance.

“I have noted with dismay that most people here have reverted back to normalcy and yet this pandemic is still with us. Let us stop joking around with this deadly virus,” he advised.

Meanwhile, the county commissioner has underscored the importance of communities owning projects implemented by the government in their respective localities saying that that way they will protect them.

“You must take charge of projects put up in your areas and protect them since they are meant for your own benefit,” he noted.

Ndunga flanked by the Matungulu deputy county commissioner Mohammed Abbas and the Kathiani Assistant county commissioner 1 James Masinde also called upon members of the National Government Administrators (NGAO) to regularly sensitize people on the importance of such projects so that they embrace and guard them as their own.

By Justus Keesi

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