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Khaemba: Deploy Flying Squad in Trans Nzoia

04 July 2013, 15:16 Mwangi Karanja

Trans Nzoia county governor Patrick Khaemba has requested inspector general of police David Kimayo to deploy flying squad in the county to stop escalating cases of insecurity.

Khaemba said that criminals operating in the area have scaled up their tactics adding that they have overpowered regular police and the General Service Unit (GSU) who were deployed last week in the area.

“The criminals have continued to attack our people even after GSU officers were deployed; we need services of flying squad to eliminate those who cause unrest in the County,” he said.

On Saturday, armed gangsters raided the home of the County Women Representative Janet Nangabo at Milimani estate in Kitale where she escaped unhurt, barely a day after a taxi driver was hacked to death in Cherang’any.

Khaemba was addressing the families of those killed at Muroki shopping center in Saboti.

He attributed the increase in crime and insecurity to the weakness in the constitution as suspected criminals are released on bond or cash bails regardless of the magnitude of their crime.

He added that members of parliament should amend the law so that hard core criminals are locked up until their cases are completed.

“We have noted that majority of criminals apprehended are out on bail and that is why we want the section to be changed,” he added.

Saboti MP David Lazaro who was also at the meeting accused the police force of laxity alleging that some of them hiring out their firearms to thugs who are terrorizing residents.

He said in many incidents where residents have been attacked, the security officers arrive late.

“The officers should be motivated; they act as if their job is to carry dead bodies as they usually arrive at the scene many hours later, after people have been killed and attackers left,” he said.

Earlier on while addressing his constituents in Maili Nane shopping center, Cherang’any Member of Parliament Wesley Korir blamed residents for not volunteering information to the security agents.

He added that it would be useless for the government to send more officers to the County if residents will not cooperate with few who are already stationed in the area.

“We have failed our officers as we are not ready to share information and yet we know those killing us,” he said.

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