A section of leaders drawn from Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties have decried increasing cases of insecurity that have rocked the region in the recent past.
The leaders called on national security team led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and county commissioners from the two counties to contain insecurity in the region.
Led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Trans Nzoia County Woman Representative Janet Nangabo, the leaders claimed that the two regions have experienced robbery and thuggery incidents in the last one month where at least five people have lost their lives and property worth millions of shillings stolen.
The leaders were in Kabuchai Constituency, Bungoma County at the weekend during the burial ceremony of Faustine Wetangula, the step mother to Westland MP Tim Wanyonyi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.
Wetang’ula said that police should stem up patrols at night since thugs were taking advantage of the curfew to rob from innocent Wananchi.
“We want to see police responding swiftly to distress calls by doing regular patrols to ensure safety of our people and their property especially at night,” he said.
The Senator said that police should not concentrate on arresting people taking local brew and those who do not have masks but should firmly deal with thugs.
He called upon the Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti to ensure police who have overstayed in the area and were now liaising with thugs to terrorize residents are moved to other areas.
“We have had several people being killed brutally and in cold blood during this pandemic period yet there have been no arrests,” he said.
Nangabo said that security of Wananchi is paramount and security agents should be more vigilant ahead of the 2022 polls.
The Woman Representative called on Wananchi to offer police information that will lead to the arrest of gangs terrorizing Wananchi.
“Here in Bungoma and in Trans Nzoia we have a group of youth who attack and even rape women yet the number of arrests are very few we want police to up their game,” she said.
By Roseland Lumwamu