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Government reaches out on residents on security

The government has reached out to wananchi in its efforts of containing insecurity in the country by starting a digital engagement forum.


The initiative dubbed “Mulika Uhalifu” will see wananchi report incidents of crime, a strategy expected to help improve security nationally.


Speaking to security agents at the County Commissioner’s boardroom yesterday, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samsom Ojwang said that the portal would also allow wananchi give reports on public servants who delay in service delivery.


He said security agents and wananchi would be sensitized on the programme that would allow Kenyans to volunteer information that they suspected might cause crime in a bid to contain security.


According to Ojwang, this would improve service delivery and put on alert officers that were lazy and delayed to service delivery to Kenyans.


Ojwang said that the system is configured to act as a virtual report desk that would enable mobile phone users to report incidences of conflict, insecurity and poor service delivery anonymously without fear of reprisals.


“The government recognizes the role Kenyans play in beefing up security and want to give them a chance to volunteer information that will be treated with utmost confidence,” he said.


“Ukiona semaukisikia sema” slogan will enable wananchi to text the security information either as victims or witnesses to crimes,” he said.


The reporting will include creating a text, beginning with the county name, detail the incident and then send the text to 988. The text will be free of charge and the details of the sender would also be concealed.


The CC said the digital platform of communication would enhance cohesion, integration and provide a community unit in fighting crime and improving service delivery.


He said that the platform would be opened to the public after proper sensitization of the public.

By Pauline Ikanda


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