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Police's laziness blamed for increased insecurity

20 August 2013, 16:33 John Kioko

Kwale - Leaders in Msambweni, Kwale County, have blamed the police for the increased cases of insecurity owing to their laziness.

The leaders now want officers who have been working in the area for a long time to be transferred since they are sleeping on their job, leaving gangs to terrorise business people and rob them of their belongings.

A county representative, Omar Boga, said that police have failed to protect properties and lives of area residents by failing to track criminals destabilising businesses in the area.

“The police and their community policing officers are doing nothing; just sleeping at their work. Locals and business people are robbed of their properties everyday while police are just doing nothing,” said Boga.

Speaking at a public meeting in Ukunda over the weekend, Boga said the issue of insecurity in Ukunda has been increasing at a very fast rate for the last six months and that locals are living in fear because they don’t know when the criminals will strike.

“There are several gangs trading in this tourist town with guns terrorising business people and residents before escaping on motorcycles and so the issue is forcing traders to close their businesses early,” said Boga.

He said those affected most are MPesa agents and fueling station operators who have been the key target.

The recent robbery incident was at Gulf petrol station on Saturday where an armed gang stole KES 22 000 from a customer who was buying diesel from the petrol station and KES 3 000 from the station attendants, before firing several times on the air to disperse locals who had gathered in response to their distress call.

“It is very clear that the matter is caused by officers who have been in this area for a long time and are doing nothing to protect our people. Get them out of here and bring new people," he added.

However, Msambweni deputy OCPD Gifinalis Barasa said they are getting challenges while tackling the insecurity issue since residents are not willing to surrender information to the police.

“It's true the gang has been terrorising business people in the area but locals are not helping us with information so it’s a bit challenging but we are trying our best,” said Barasa.

He said that they are following crucial leads which may lead to the arrest of the suspects of the recent attack.

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