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New police unit formed to curb abductions

22 October 2013, 10:05

Kirinyaga - The government has established a special police unit that will deal exclusively with cases of kidnapping, which have engulfed the country.

The unit has been established in Kirinyanga County, the region worst affected by a surge in kidnappings.

The new police entity will be tasked with hunting down abductors, apprehending and hand them over for prosecution.

It will be under the command of County Criminal Investigations Commander, Julius Rutere.

“The residents of Kirinyaga County are living in fear due to the wave of crime that is sweeping across the area,” said the County Commissioner, Joseph Keter.

He added that the situation was serious and they had to deal with the criminal elements ruthlessly.

Keter noted that ten people had been kidnapped since August and that the kidnappers were demanding hefty ransom from the victims’ relatives.

The County Governor Joseph Ndathi has previously expressed shock that the kidnappers were courageous enough to carry out the kidnappings in broad daylight.

He called on the security organs to beef up security.

The kidnappings, which analysts said were discouraging international tourists from visiting the country, have been on a rise since the beginning of the year.

While police have intensified efforts to deal with the menace, it appears such initiatives have not been deterrent enough.

The government has put in place measures to curb the illegal activities.

This includes the mobile number registration exercise in a bid to contain the crime that is mostly perpetuated by use of unregistered SIM cards.

Service providers who do not adhere to the SIM cards registrations regulations face fines.

- CAJ News

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