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Kibera most unsafe in Nairobi: Report

16 October 2014, 14:11

Nakuru - A recent survey indicates that it is unsafe to live in Nakuru's Bondeni slum due to the increased number of organized criminal gangs operating in the area.

The survey which was done by Security Research and information Centre (SRIC) and launched at a Nairobi hotel Wednesday, indicates that the slum is 60 percent unsafe and it has the highest number of crime reported.

The report further indicates that Mishomohoroni slum in Mombasa is second while Kibera slum in Nairobi comes third. Manyatta slum in Kisumu is the safest slum in the country.

While releasing the report, SRIC Programmes Coordinator, Leonard Kyalo Musoi said that reports indicate that crime is the main problem in the slum and their aim is to try and understand the nature and form of crimes in slum areas and ascertain its impact so that measures can be taken to curb it.

"Everybody living in the slum has been either a crime victim or a witness since 98 percent of everybody staying there has witnessed it," he said adding that 35 percent of the slum duelers have died from murders being carried out in these places.

Musoi said 61 percent of those who were interviewed attributed the criminal activities to lack of jobs for the youth.

Other factors were poverty which took 11 percent and issues like drugs and illicit brews.

In other findings, SRIC found that crime in Nairobi Metropolitan area recorded 35 percent robbery incidences.

37 percent of the residents residing in the region had fallen victims of crime.

"Crime was higher during the month of December," said Munyao.

He added that terrorism was ranked the lowest in Nairobi probably because of the fear that many agencies were focusing more on it.

He also said that many small weapons and arms had found its way to the region and criminals have upped their game.

"Criminals are now using motorbikes and it’s hard for police to navigate so that they can catch up with them," he said recommending that they be given more motorbikes.

The report on Northern frontier report indicated that nature and conflict dynamics in Marsabit County are brought by National and regional politics, culture identity and supremacy, cultural practices and identities and resource based conflicts.

It also indicated that insecurity is the main concern and its geographical area contributes. It indicated that residents are competing for resources and are using small arms and light weapons.

SRIC director said security remains a major problem in the country and the issue of on how small arms should be handled needs to be revised.

"All people want to be armed from rungus, machetes to small weapons. The alarming arming level measures the insecurity levels in the country," he said.

The team recommended disarmament of people using arms without the governments consent.

Also, more police reservists to be employed in the Northern Kenya and police to be more equipped and well facilitated.

Inspector General of Police, David Kimayio said the government is committed to end criminal activities in the country. He said his office will implement issues directed to it.

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