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County moves to secure critical infrastructure

National government administration in Kisii County has intensified clampdown on illegal activities targeted on critical infrastructure installations in the County by securing them from encroachment.

Addressing a security committee meeting and later a joint meeting with the officials from the County government at the Agricultural Training Centre in the outskirts of Kisii town, Kisii County Commissioner Allan Machari noted that it had become imperative for the county to protect the infrastructure including power lines, communications installations, water pipes and road signs among others which were currently targeted by vandals and other criminals.

Machari ordered security apparatus in the county to work with relevant department to map out the security status of critical infrastructure installations, a move that will see all buildings in the secluded places demolished.

Machari said the report was needed urgently for purposes of planning and removal of all unwarranted residential or businesses from such areas.

Reiterating the presidential ban on trade in scrap metals, Machari ordered the security apparatus in the county to implement the directive to the letter and deal with any culprits according to the law.

He called upon the security committees from the sub location level to escalate any relevant information upwards for mainstreaming of protection of the installations.

The meeting was attended by Officers from the Ministry of Interior, departments, Safaricom Company and county government representatives.

During the meeting various heads of agencies gave status reports including KPLC Business Manager Mathew Muthini, Safaricom County Branch Manager Simiyu Namwamba, and Kenya Rural Roads Authority regional boss Joseph Oyare among others.

By Jane Naitore

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