Theft of knowledge
07 August 2012, 10:11
Learning in various primary schools in Trans-Nzoia County will soon come to a halt if urgent measures are not put in place to cub the rampant theft of school textbooks.
The rate at which schools are loosing books can easily paralyze learning any time in the future because of rampant theft of books
Schools in Kwanza district and part of Saboti constituency have been recently hard hit, yesterday police managed to arrest two suspects believed to be at the center of the book stealing and selling syndicate.
An equally irritated and concerned area OCPD, Lucas Ogara, while briefing journalists said “these cases are alarming but with close contacts with the members of the public we hope to win the vice”
He continued “ we were acting on a tip-off from one responsible member of the public who saw one of the suspects carrying the loot. My men moved fast to intercept the illegal trade.
In the ensuing swoop police recovered over three hundred text books. Records of the books indicate that they were stolen from various schools.
Mr. Ogara further said that the two men under police custody will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete. He said the two are part of the cartel that is being pursued.
The police boss noted that they are currently pursuing important leads that indicate these books are being transported as far as Muranga, Nakuru and Nairobi.
Cases of robbery sometimes with violence resulting to severe injuries and even death of school security guards are slowly and unfortunately becoming a usual occurrence in this county.
A month hardly passes before a robbery case is reported to the Kitale police station. Recently in Goseta primary school a watchman was hacked to death by the knowledge stealing assailants.
The OCPD was accompanied by the Trans Nzoia DCIO Mr. Wachira, who also assured members of the press that the menace will be dealt with sternly and swiftly.
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