Residents of Mwala Sub-County in Machakos have been urged to embrace good morals and collaborate with the police to ensure law and order is upheld.
Speaking in Masii town on Thursday during the launch of the Mwala Community Policing Committee, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua said that development cannot be achieved if there is no security.
Dr. Mutua said the community has the responsibility to provide police with information concerning crime to enhance security in the country and pledged the board’s support towards the initiative.
“KFCB is proud to associate with and support initiatives like the Masii Community Policing program that are geared towards enhancing security in our country,” said Dr. Mutua.
The CEO also urged parents to be vigilant about what their children are consuming on social media platforms and in matatus fitted with screens, where he appealed for collaborations with the police to enforce law in the society.
Dr. Mutua reiterated that every matatu with a screen must obtain a license to show its content, warning that broadcasting dirty media content to children and other passengers are increasingly undermining social values.
“We are going to work with the National Police Service (NPS) to ensure children are safeguarded against dirty media content and no matatu with screens will operate without our license,” Mutua added.
The CEO lauded the community policing initiative reiterating the need for the same to be replicated across the country to foster good relations between the police and citizens.
Dr. Mutua further attributed the rise in occurrences of sexual offences such as defilement and sodomy to the effects of immoral decay prompted by vulgar music.
Speaking during the event, Senior Assistant Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ms. Miriam Muli called on locals to cultivate the habit of intelligence information sharing with the police to combat drug abuse, defilement among other socials evils.
On his part, the Mwala Sub County Police Commander (SCPC), Ronald Kirui urged residents to work with police in efforts to enhance security adding that citizens have a crucial role to play in maintaining law and order.
Kirui pointed out that security is a collective responsibility, and said that for any meaningful development to be realized there has to be synergy between the police and the citizens.
“Our quest to work with citizens is to create a friendly environment that will allow sharing of information that will help tackle crime and enhance security,” Kirui said.
Others who attended the launch were Mwala MP, Eng. Vincent Musyoka Musau, the Masii ward Nominated Member of County Assembly, Betty Nzioka, the County and national government officials among other local leaders.
The launch whose theme was, “Building Safer Community together” was organized by the NPS in conjunction with the KFCB and was aimed at creating close working relationship between police and the community.
The event also offered a free medical camp courtesy of the NPS medical department, the Nairobi Women’s Hospital and the Machakos County government.
By Rachael Kilonzo