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Over 100 police reservists to be recruited in Lamu

23 October 2014, 20:54 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - Police have boosted the state of security in Lamu by recruiting over 100 police reservists. This has been revealed by Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri.

Miiri said the reservists will be provided with modern and superior firearms to cancel out the security threat in the region that has been hit with violence since June.

The commissioner said that more police officers will also be deployed at village level.

Speaking to the press at a peace meeting with the clergy, Miiri said the new recruits are set to undergo training on how to handle guns and use them when necessary.

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The county commissioner also asked residents to report any police reservist who will be found misusing the privileges accorded to them.

“We need you to provide as with the information of those reservists seen extorting money and other things from residents, such acts are strongly condemned,” said Miiri

Lamu clergy Chairman Zebedee Maina accused some of the police reservists who are seen carrying guns while drunk.

He said such incidents pose risks to the residents and wants the police to intervene resolve the matter.

The clergy also questioned the ill equipping of the police reservists; and said the reservists are provided with old manual guns while most of the criminals are equipped with superior weapons.

Miiri however said that the government is monitoring the security situation in the region and the police reservists will be provided with new modern automatic guns.

He said the government is set to beef up security in Lamu by either setting a KDF military camp and a general service unit force in Mpeketoni to deal with the increasing number.

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