Kisii County government has raised alarm over theft of streetlights within the county and urged residents to secure them from criminals.
Speaking to the press in his office at Kisii town, County Chief Officer in charge of Market Management and Development Mengo Ochwangi said the county government installs lights within the area to improve security and cannot go into the villages to protect them.
“The solar lights have been installed to improve security and provide light for business activities but they are being stolen. I would like to advice residents of areas in which lights have been installed to take responsibility of ensuring they are secure,” Mr Ochwangi said.
Ochwangi warned that the county government will not budget for new solar lights if the residents fail to assure their safety.
He added that residents should stop stoning fire engine vehicle due to late response because the one vehicle available serves the whole county. “The county is very big. You may find the vehicle was in Nyacheki and it will take time to arrive at Nyakoe to respond to an emergency,” Ochwangi explained.
This comes after residents complained about delayed response to emergencies by the county fire engine and darkness in several places caused by lack of streetlights.
By Erastus Michieka