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Civil society condemns Busia attacks

13 May 2013, 13:45 Arap Yego

Members of the civil society want the government to treat the current insecurity problem in Bungoma and Busia counties with the seriousness it deserves before the situation spirals out of control.

In a press statement given to journalists in Bungoma, Violet Okinda the chairperson of the N.G.O Council of Kenya said they are concerned that the unknown gangsters who have been terrorizing  people in the two counties are getting bolder by the day despite the heavy presence of security agents recently deployed in the areas.

"The civil society is deeply concerned and saddened by the worsening insecurity situation in the two counties. Innocent Kenyans are being attacked in their homes; some are killed and others have been maimed for life after they were hacked," read the statement in the opening paragraph.

She said the attacks have continued unabated in the areas especially in Bungoma county, calling on the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to unearth the mystery behind the killer gang and bring them to book.

The N.G.O Council chairperson noted that since the government has failed in its primary obligation to safeguard the lives of its citizens as enshrined in Article 26 of the Constitution, it should help victims who are currently hospitalized in various medical institutions nursing machete - inflicted wounds.

"The civil society appeals to the government to provide specialized treatment to those badly injured, provide material and financial support to the victims, and also help affected families who have lost their kin in the hands of the thugs to offset burial costs," she said.

Okinda asked the residents of the two counties to collaborate with the security agents and help them identify the suspected criminals staying amongst them.

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