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Security chiefs faulted for rising insecurity

24 April 2014, 11:16 Jane Zack

Busia - Security chiefs in Busia County have been faulted for insecurity in the County which has been on a stiff rise even after receiving 24 patrol vehicles from the County government.

Area Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’ regretted that the officers in region are not putting enough effort to curb the vice and urged them to ‘pull up their socks’.

Speaking during the launch of KES 50 million Busia County Bursary Scheme at Busia Youth Polytechnic Wednesday, Ojaamong said the latest tragedy occurred on Tuesday night when a businessman was shot at Amerikwai area in the outskirts of Busia town.

He added that in Malaba recently, boda boda operators engaged armed robbers in a botched robbery attempt. It is alleged that the said robbers were shooting in the air to disperse crowds in the town.

“Where were the police all this time since the robbers were chased from Malaba to Nambale by boda boda operators?” Ojaamong’ wondered.

He said that the County government will recruit its own officers to protect the residents if at all the National government will not deploy enough officers.

Also, the governor has stressed the need to devolve the services of Kenya Power and Lighting Company due to frequent power outages and failure to deliver effective services especially in Busia town and its environs.

“It will be better if these services are devolved since very many residents incur huge losses and even lose their property in such instances of power failure,” He said.

Meanwhile, area deputy governor Kizito Wangalwa challenged those that will be administering the bursary programs in the 35 wards of Busia County to consider the needy and urged parents, leaders and teachers to help curb the vice of overindulgence in alcoholic drinks amongst the youth in the community.

“Lack of role models and excessive drug abuse amongst our children has been a major challenge in the recent past; I call upon you to help tame the vice amongst our children in order to improve the standards of education in the county,” Wangalwa stressed.

County Director of Education, Mary Atalitsa reiterated that education will in the future help address rampant poverty in the County, calling upon the needy to apply for bursaries.

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