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Lack of police station blamed for Butula insecurity

09 July 2014, 20:31 Jane Zack

Nairobi - Lack of a police station in Butula constituency of Busia County has been blamed for the recent alarming cases of crime and insecurity in the region.

Victims of crime are forced to travel to Busia or Bumala, the nearest police station being 16 kilometers away to report their cases as efforts to construct a police station in the area have for a long time turned futile.

Area Member of Parliament Michael Onyura has urged the national government to step in and help construct a police station in the area in a bid to contain the situation.

" We have an OCPD and his officers but they do not have an office to operate from, despite the fact that a two acre piece of land had been set aside by locals for the construction of a police station. Nothing much has been done by the national government to make this dream a reality, Onyura said.

He added: " We have lost many lives due to the unfortunate situation, and Butula has been in the headlines for wrong doings especially increased cases of child abuse in the area, with the offenders going scot-free.

He has further called for partnership and unity among top leadership, including MPs and stressed the need of equitable distribution of resources in the constituencies and sub-counties.

Addressing journalists in Busia town, the legislature said that the CDF committee can only manage to volunteer temporary structures, but for the construction of a permanent police station, the central government must chip in.

" We appeal to the central government to ensure that a police station is constructed in Butula sub-county in a bid to tame insecurity in the region, he said.

Meanwhile, he has appealed to his constituents and especially women and the youth groups to make proper use of the Uwezo Fund and initiate development projects in order to curb the high percentage of poverty in the region and address issues of unemployment among the youth.

“We already have over 200 applications and have allocated money for at least 40 applications presented to our office. While we are waiting for the disbursement of the funds, I urge the groups to present their proposals to the committee in charge.” Onyura stated.

He disclosed that Sh. 20million has been allocated for Uwezo Fund.

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