Western Regional Commissioner (RC) Isaiah Nakoru has directed National Government Administration (NGAO) officers to hold weekly public barazas as a way of creating a rapport with wananchi to stem rising crime in their areas of jurisdiction.
Speaking in Mumias, Kakamega County, Nakoru told the administrators to ensure they engage the public on pertinent issues in their areas of jurisdictions with a view to seeking solutions.
“I will expect weekly reports from each one of you, detailing where the meetings have been held, the agenda and number of attendees,” directed Nakoru.
The RC said the police and justice departments are responsible for managing perpetrators of crime, assuring the residents that security agents will continue to honour their obligation to bring anyone involved in crime to book.
“We urge people to respect the law because this country is governed by law by reporting those they suspect to be criminals instead of beating and killing them,” he warned.
Nakoru sent a stern warning to those involved in crime that they will face the full force of the law if found disturbing the peace.
The administrator said security officers have intensified security patrols, during the day and night, adding that the County Government of Kakamega has agreed to set up security lights in some of the areas prone to crime.
The RC’s directive comes in the wake of concern by residents of Kakamega town and its environs over increasing cases of muggings and stabbings.
Worst hit areas are Majengo slums and Shirere among other areas.
By George Kaiga