Business was temporarly paralysed on Monday in Siakago town after hundreds of residents of Siakago, Mbeere North flocked into street to protest against rising insecurity.
The residents demonstrated over Saturday’s murder of a watchman who was guarding a bar in Siakago and the killing of scores of other people in the recent past.
Led by their local elected leaders they blocked the busy Embu-Siakago road by burning old tyres on the road as they chanted and screamed.
They demanded for beefing up of security in the area they carried placards written that they were tired of insecurity.
The Mbeere North MP, Muriuki Njagagua, Nthawa MCA, Kariuki Mwari and nominated MCA, Judy Mbuya demanded for the transfer of police officers who have overstayed in the region some even to 10 years.
Njagagua said since December five people were killed by thugs in cold blood noting of an incident where an elderly woman was raped and killed while a form two student had his genitals chopped off adding that no arrest has been done so far.
“Where are the police doing as all this is happening? Do they conduct patrols to stop the thugs? Some of them have overstayed here and we want them transferred. We will not remain mum anymore as people are being killed,” said Njagagua.
The residents asked Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i to intervene or else they would press for the transfer of the lax law enforcers.
The demonstrators then proceeded to area Deputy County Commissioner, Christopher Siele’s office to present their grievances.
Siele noted that his office and the security agencies are aware of the crime incidents happening around and were working out to counter them.
He attributed the increase in insecurity in the region to night business of miraa and the drug dealers.
He also blamed landlords for failing to keep record of details of their tenants which is taken advantage of by gangs who later terrorize people at night.
By Kimani Tirus