The Coast Regional Commissioner (RC), John Elung’ata has assured Kisauni residents of security following the recent attack by armed gang in the area
Speaking at Mtopanga in Kisauni during a Security Baraza in the area on Monday, Elung’ata said it is possible to restore back the peace the locals had enjoyed for a long time before the recent attack.
He assured residents that security had been intensified in the area with at least nine police patrols at night and even during the day.
The RC said the area will regain calm after the police arrested some the suspected militia in the area with only three remaining.
He appealed to the members of public including family members to report suspected criminals to the relevant authorities once spotted so as to make Kisauni safe to attract tourists and other investors to the area.
Elung’ata said there are success stories in Kisauni that high profile people want to visit the area and give support but some small criminal elements in the area are tarnishing their name, thus hampering development activities, meant to benefit people in the area.
The RC observed that Kisauni had not reported any criminal incident for a long time and the recent attack had painted a negative image of the area.
He called upon the locals, including parents to instill discipline to their children, since most criminal cases in the area involve minors who can be controlled at home other than waiting for the police to deal with them.
The RC said soon communities that will be recorded as safe will qualify for reward from the government to serve as role models for others to follow suit.
He also announced that plans are underway to give airtime facilitation to village elders for ease of communication and enable them to report suspects before they commit any form of crime.
Elung’ata called for continued cooperation with members of the public in efforts to contain any form of insecurity so that businesses can thrive and people live without fear.
He called on the youth to use their skills to gain a meaningful livelihood besides crime, saying the government through the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and NACADA have programmes to show case acting, theatre, music and other forms of art as means of employment.
By Joseph Kamolo