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Where is CCTV centre? As mystery of Muchai murder heightens

09 February 2015, 18:51 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Where is the much vaunted Police CCTV centre and why has it not produced much in the aftermath of MP George Muchai's murder, Mps have questioned.

When one mentions CCTV and police in Kenya, thoughts quickly race to the hi-tech CCTV command centre opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior government officials last year.

The hope was that in cases of violent robbery and in this latest case, murder in an open street in Nairobi's Central Business District, the centre would help solve cases.

Specifically in the case of Muchai's murder, there have been conflicting reports as to what has been received via CCTV, with some saying there was no footage and others saying there was.

With the death of one of their own in such damning circumstances and still no word from the police on the state of investigations into the murder, MPs were left with no choice but to ask serious questions, most of which were already on the minds of Kenyans.

Where is the world class CCTV centre and what has it achieved?

" A lot should have happened by now, 72 hours after the killings. We need to confirm whether the CCTV is working. We expect those manning the command centres to have informed police to block all roads out of the city after that incident, " said Parliamentary Committee on security chairman Asman Kamama Monday.

Very true.

Was the centre in operation at that time? If so, why did they not quickly react to the situation? And why to this point have the only accounts of the happenings on that ill fated night been from eye witness accounts?

Kamama was incredulous at the press conference at Parliament buildings that someone must be put accountable.

" There has to be accountability. How can police arrive at the scene seven minutes after they were shot? Where were they? Are there no patrols? And even if they arrived seven minutes later, why was there not any efforts to block roads across the city if they knew there was a rogue Probox flying around?," he questioned.

Security experts are divided on the matter.

" It was an unmarked Probox. Officers on patrol should have noticed it, and so should have the bodyguards. They should have been more vigilant of the vehicle tailing them," says security expert Evans Monari.

" It is possible that nothing was seen on CCTV because it is a topic of debate as to whether the centre operates at night. If so, there are many robberies and carjackings and murders that could have been easily stopped or solved, he argues.

The MPs have given the government 72 hours to bring the killers to book, a move that most will wait happen, to see to believe in.

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