Kajiado County Commissioner, David Kipkemei, has put Isinya police on spotlight over alleged rise in security in Kitengela and its environs.
In a statement released to newsrooms on Thursday evening Kipkemei, after meeting with all the security agents in Isinya Sub County, said he will personally lead security operation to rid off criminal gangs in Kitengela town.
Several people and homesteads have been overrun by criminal gangs in the town in the last three weeks, and the county commissioner said it will not be business as usual.
“I have increased several patrol vehicles for Kitengela, and I do not want to hear stories that police officers are giving chase criminal gangs on boda bodas anymore,” said Kipkemei in the statement.
His statement comes on the heels on an incident which occurred on Sunday morning, last week, when police officers gave a chase to gangland group using a hired motorbike and one of them ended up mistakenly discharging a bullet on a fellow officer, killing him on the spot, as the thugs disappeared in the darkness.
Prior to the Sunday incident, a Kitengela-based journalist, Joseph Ngunjiri, had been attacked at his Milimani estate residence by three armed thugs after ransacking his house.
Ngunjiri was seriously injured on his head when the hang entered his house at night through the kitchen door before he slept.
The gangsters spent almost 45 minutes in Ngunjiri’s house searching for valuables and money. No one has been arrested over the incident.
Residents of Kyang’ombe and Slaughter area have reported harassment by criminal gangs, that operate with impunity as police officers have not been spotted in the area.
John Mbithi (not his real name), a resident of Chang’ombe claims he rarely see police on patrol after 11pm in the area, adding that is the time gangsters rule the area harassing people in their houses.
Kipkemei said he has now handed over several patrol vehicles to Kitengela police station and expects positive results in the shortest time possible.
“I have told my officers we will not sleep until the last member of criminal gangs operating in Kitengela have been brought to book. It is the duty of our security officers to protect all civilians and themselves,” said the commissioner.
He pointed out that the government is spending a lot of resources to arm the police so as to protect citizens from harm.
“The officers must now pull up their socks and justify their presence in Kitengela town. I do not want to hear criminal incidences anymore. We have equipped them, and we want to see them arrest anybody threatening the peace of the people,” concluded Kipkemei.