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Trans Nzoia county assured of their security

04 March 2013, 10:13

Residents of Trans Nzoia County have been assured of their security as the country heads to the March 4 general elections.

Kitale OCPD James Mitugo while addressing journalists today at his office in Kitale, he confirmed that police officers have already been deployed around the county.

He reiterated that patrols have been intensified in areas heavily hammered by 2007-2008 post election violence.

“We want to assure residents that we are ready to offer security so as to ensure elections are conducted in peaceful and free manner  and that is why we are everywhere patrolling“ ,he said.

Mitugo said that their effort has been boosted by Airtel Company and Khetia’s group of companies which donated last week ten toll free phones to be used by security officers during and aftermath elections.

He pointed out that the gadgets would ease communication between the member of public and the security officers as the toll free numbers are going to be made public.

“It has been difficult for member of public to report insecurity incidents but with toll free lines and mobile phone the security officers would be up to date with happenings during the election period”, He added.

Kitale police boss noted that the county had witnessed insecurity cases and it would be important if other business community will come up in support of community policing which he said will help police officers and other security agents beef up security.

In the mean time, the Trans Nzoia county commissioner Charity Chepkonga has urged community living in the county to uphold peace for the betterment of the economy of the county.

Speaking to the people, Chepkonga said that it is wrong for people to fight each other because of Politicians who are dinning together.

She added that the county borders Uganda which has been avenue for small arms which have been used to terrorize residents.

“Those small arms that are being used by cattle rustlers in west Pokot County are from Uganda and have been sneaked to the county. But we will confiscate them soon “assured the commissioners.

She urged residents to provide information that would lead to arrest of any person who would incite communities against each other adding that incitement was major contributor of the 2007-2008 post election violence.

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