Police in Kajiado are on high alert following the high number of aliens arrested entering Kenya through the Kenya-Tanzania border.
The Kajiado Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Charles Wambugu revealed that in the last three months only, 140 aliens have been arrested and charged for being in the country illegally.
In July alone, 21 aliens of Somali and Tanzanian origin were nabbed and arraigned in court. They were fined Sh.30, 000 each or serve four months each in jail before being deported back to their countries.
Nine aliens on transit to Nairobi were on Thursday August 8, arrested for being in the country without valid documents and are expected to be charged in court.
Wambugu urged members of the public to be more vigilant and report any suspicious individuals living amongst them, especially those who cannot converse in either English, Kiswahili or any of the local languages.
“The aliens are mostly of Somali origin and do not speak English or Kiswahili. I am calling on locals to report any suspicious people living in the society. Some are from Tanzania and are living and working in Kenya without the required permits,” said Wambugu.
On the up-coming Kenya National Population and Housing Census that will commence on the night of August 24, the deputy county commissioner confirmed that all systems were in place to ensure a smooth enumeration exercise.
He said ICT supervisors have already been trained on the exercise and Content supervisor’s training was on-going and would end on Sunday. Enumerators will commence their training from Monday next week.
Wambugu assured residents of their safety during the exercise and called on them to open their doors on the night of August 24 to ensure that they are counted as enumerators will be accompanied by village elders and a police officer.
He added that residents will be counted wherever they are and road blocks will be mounted along the roads to ensure that those traveling on that night are not left out.
Elsewhere in Kajiado town, one person died while two others narrowly escaped death when the lorry they were travelling in was hit by a train.
The driver of the lorry was crossing the railway line near Olkejuado High School and while the train was coming from TATA Chemicals heading to Nairobi.
The body of the deceased was taken to Kajiado County Referral Hospital mortuary.
By Rop Janet