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Police sensitized on handling lawbreakers during pandemic

Three private enterprises in Tharaka Nithi County have pooled together their resources to complement government efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19 by providing fumigation pumps and sensitising police officers on how to handle suspected cases.

Mutindwa Enterprises Ltd, Mafuko Industries Ltd and the National Gun Owners Association of Kenya (NGAO) launched the noble initiative by training and sensitising the police on hygiene, while arresting and handcuffing lawbreakers at this critical time.

Speaking during the event Thursday, the County Commissioner Beverly Opwora said the training will motivate the police as they continue carrying out their demanding duty, especially during these trying moments.

“This is a very welcome move since the police being one of the most essential service providers in Kenya during this pandemic period have received very crucial knowledge on infection, prevention and control from the private sector to complement ministry of health initiatives,” she said.

Ms. Opwora further disclosed that NGAO intervention on quality training will proceed to educate police officers in all police stations in the county and also train members of the Nyumba kumi initiative, who are crucial in helping the police penetrate deep into the grassroots.

The county commissioner further revealed that they are still welcoming other all well- wishers especially the business community to supply masks and sanitisers for use by the vulnerable in society and even the essential service providers.

Present during the event was the County Police Commander Charles Mbatu who said that his team was humbled by the noble cause that helped them learn better skills in hygiene by way of sanitising of handcuffs and how best to handle lawbreakers, since everyone is Covid-19 suspect under the prevailing circumstances.

“My officers now know the right measures to take when arresting lawbreakers since they are also human and vulnerable to contracting this highly contagious virus,” said Mbatu.

The MD Mutindwa Toyota Limited Mustaq Issac who is also a member of NGAO said they targeted police officers since they were very prone to the pandemic by virtue of enforcing the curfew and their mandatory daily routine.

By David Mutwiri and Monicah Nyagah

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