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County commissioner calls efforts on security matters

01 December 2014, 19:06 Jane Zack

Busia - Bar owners in Busia County have been warned not to allow school-going children into their bars or sell alcoholic drinks to them during this festive season, failure to which their licenses will be withdrawn immediately.

Parents have also been called upon to ensure that their children do not attend night dances commonly known as 'disco matangas' as the vice has previously contributed to a high number of school dropouts and early pregnancies among teenage girls.

This was said by Busia County commissioner Isaiah Nakoru in his Busia office at the weekend, who also urged the residents of Busia County to make use of the nyumba kumi security concept during the coming festive season in a bid to ensure that security is managed in the entire county.

"Mechanisms have been put in place to ensure that disco matangas have been minimized as the schools have closed. Parents should on the other hand ensure that their children are at home on time." Nakoru said.

The County security boss reiterated that they have put a lot of focus in Busia and Malaba borders since they are the gateways even as they allow free movement of people at the entry points.

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"We are working closely with our Uganda counterparts and have been holding joint meetings to have systems of addressing security, criminality, rape, and child defilement at the borders." Nakoru stated.

Nakoru added that the security team has been having a series of meetings with bar owners to make them part and parcel of the strategy to ensure that peace is maintained.

He also appealed to the members of the public to maintain harmonious relationship with the security personnel and volunteer any sensitive information on security issues promising them that it will be treated with confidentiality.

He further warned criminals possessing illegal firearms that their days are numbered as patrols have been intensified in the entire region, calling upon them to surrender the arms to the relevant authorities.

"Everyone should participate in this as it requires concerted efforts, and through the 4,535 nyumba kumi clusters we have in the County we should share information and detect the purpose of the movements of people who come in and out." Nakoru added.

Also, he warned motorcyclists commonly known as boda bodas to ensure that they observe the traffic rules and operate within the conference of the law and not carry more than one passenger.

"Motor cycle operators should respect the law and allow people to use roads without obstruction." Nakoru stressed.

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