The government will beef up security in Nyandarua County to curb cattle rusting and other criminal activities that have ravaged the area in the recent past, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said.
The CS revealed that two security patrol bases will be established in crime-prone areas which will later be expanded into fully equipped police stations.
Dr.Matiang’i further said a fleet of 300 security vehicles will next week be launched to step up security patrols in crime ravaged areas.
“My colleagues in the security sector our work is to ensure that Kenyans stay secure, if our farmers are having problems they are losing their dairy animals there is a problem,” said the CS at Tumaini area, Nyandarua county during the launch of a potato seed production unit.
He told Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia who was present in the launch to identify areas that were most hit by crime so that the patrol base can be set up there.
Matiang’i said some vehicles and security personnel will be deployed to ensure that crime was fought from all fronts.
“Time has come for the criminals to hand themselves over to the police as we will smoke them out from where they operate from,” he warned.
The CS was reacting to complaints from local leaders who said that despite concerted efforts by the security personnel who were hard working, the rate of crime was getting out of control.
The leaders included Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni, Olkalou MP NjugunaKiaraho, Nyandarua Woman Representative Faith Gitau and Governor Kimemia.
“The government will next week set patrol bases and the hunt for the crime perpetrators will kick off to ensure that Wananchi go about their businesses in peace,” he said.
In attendance was Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs CS Prof Margaret Kobia, Health CS Sicily Kariuki, Principal Secretary state department for correctional services Zeinab Hussein and National Youth Service Director General Ms Matilda Sakwa.
By Charles Njoroge