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Machakos launches schemes to tackle insecurity

31 January 2014, 10:28

Machakos - The Machakos County Thursday launched a comprehensive security programme with the flagging of 120 fuelled and maintained security vehicles.

The move, which has been heralded as ambitious by county standards, is set to improve security amid rising fears of terrorism around the country.

It comes few days after a government and Federal Bureau of Investigations informer was shot dead by suspected terrorists in Malindi.

“The Machakos County Security Program includes police presence through availability of vehicles so that each of our 69 locations will have a police car, all our highways have patrol cars and our towns have enough police coverage,” said governor Alfred Mutua.

He added that the fleet would be doubled in the next financial year.

In addition to security vehicles, the Machakos County Security programme includes installation of county wide closed circuit television (CCTV) systems, operational security emergency numbers, street lighting and lighting of small centers and villages.

It also includes computerized criminal occurrence recording, building and equipping of a forensic centre, purchasing of police dogs and gun detectors as well alcohol blows.

“In order to supplement the great work being done by the National Government and to enforce the do not drink and drive law, we have partnered with the National Highway and Transport Board for police in Machakos to have adequate alcohol blow devices and speed guns,” said Mutua.

Apart from enhancing security, the move to buy the fleet has shifted focus to how other governors are utilizing funds allocated to them by the national government.

Both Samburu and Siaya county governors have this week flagged off tractors to be used in enhancing agriculture and food security in the country.

– CAJ News


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