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Police told to involve locals to curb insecurity

22 May 2013, 11:30 Mwangi Karanja

Kitale - Trans Nzoia County women representative Janet Nangabo has appealed to security agents to involve members of public in investigating the spread of leaflets with threatening messages in the region.

Speaking yesterday in Kitale, Nangabo said police officers have taken a lot of time unfolding the source of the leaflets that continue to cause panic in the county.

“We want the security officers to first track the investigation by involving people around who might provide vital information that would lead to arrest of the culprits,” she said.

She further pointed out that community policing has been proven to be effective in tackling insecurity and it should be encourage as cases of insecurity grips the country.

Earlier, residents had urged the police to investigate the source of leaflets with threatening messages that were circulated in the county on Wednesday last week.

They claim that the police have not made any arrest adding that they live in fear of uncertainty which continue to affect their businesses as they are forced to close earlier.

She further urged the residents to reciprocate by giving out any information concerning insecurity to their local leaders if they shy disclosing the information to security authorities.

She said leaders from western and northern Kenya are concerned with the security of the locals adding that they support the recent security meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and regional chiefs.

Nangabo said the meeting is one of the ways of beefing up the security if what was discussed is upheld by participants.

On Tuesday the locals spotted the leaflets threatening area OCPD and the county commissioner for being biased in handling land disputes.

The former Kitale deputy mayor Pius arap Kauka took the occasion to plead to the government to address the issue of 25 000 squatters in the county which he said is fueling insecurity in the county.

Last month, police officers were called to restore calm during the eviction of squatters from a disputed piece of land that they have been occupying for more than a decade.

The evicted squatters later claimed that police officers from Kitale police station were bribed to force them out saying that the court denied them justice.

However, the area police boss said that the matter was settled in court and his officers were restoring order and they did not take any side.

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