Bungoma residents assured of heightened security

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Residents in Bungoma have called for improved security in the different areas
Residents in Bungoma have called for improved security in the different areas

Following a series of insecurity related incidences witnessed in different places of Bungoma County, the national assembly security committee toured the County in efforts to ascertain the causes and possible solutions to the insecurity purge.

Led by the committee chairman Paul Koinange, the committee toured Kamukuywa, Kimilili and Kibingei wards in Kimilili constituency, Bungoma County, and gathered enough reports from the residents who lamented a witnessed lapse in security operations that has led to the loss of lives.

The residents of Kamukuywa called for a fully fledged police station to be established at Makhonge, saying it will be a boost security after two residents were brutally murdered by unknown assailants who are yet to be brought to book.

They said the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ and village headmen should be given a ‘token’ to motivate them in their daily duties saying it takes commitment to perform the duties.

Area MP Didmus Wekesa Barasa said the police should be vigilant in carrying out their duties, adding that some of them are lazy as when they are called upon to respond to distress calls they don’t show up yet they are mandated to do so.

His sentiments were echoed by Sirisia MP John Waluke who said some of the suspects come from Mt Elgon and others from neighbouring Uganda and that security teams should make sure they curb the vice.

He said the police should be on the frontline to launch investigations and arrest those involved in matters of insecurity saying it is unfortunate that some of them arrive at scenes of crime only to know the weapons used by the suspects.

The committee later visited Sirisia constituency and also got an opportunity to find out the challenges facing the residents in issues concerning security.

The committee chairman Paul Koinange promised to have more vehicles brought to several departments in the constituencies and also set up more houses for the officers in efforts to intensify security.