Mautuma ward Member of County Assembly in Lugari Sub County Charles Anyona donated communication gadgets and torches to village elders and the Nyumba Kumi officials to help them police their area of jurisdiction in a move aimed at boosting security within the ward.
Speaking at the Mautuma location chief’s office when he donated radio call gadgets, Anyona said the gadgets will improve communication networks while handling the run-away insecurity that had dogged the area in recent times.
He said he was optimistic that the gadgets will help them coordinate issues pertaining security especially during this festive period.
Anyona said as one of the leaders in his ward he will only settle if security agencies including village elders were facilitated to run their operations smoothly especially during the late-night hours when criminal gangs were in action.
He said he had settled on radio calls rather than mobile phones because they were cost effective and could operate without airtime in cases of emergency.
“In the first-place the radio calls network is full, secondly they don’t need airtime and with this I am convinced that there is nothing that can happen without the report reaching the police,” Anyona told the village elders.
Further, the MCA distributed through area chief modern rechargeable torches to assist the elders at night while carrying out their duties.
The MCA also promised to buy gumboots for easy movement of the elders during the rainy season.
“In terms of security in Mautuma Ward I want to assure you that I am solidly behind madam chief,” he said.
Anyona also revealed that he has assigned one of his vehicles to the area chief during emergency cases even during night hours.
“As I told you madam last time, just call my driver any time during an emergency and he will be there to assist,” Anyona stressed but promised to lead a campaign against school children who ride boda boda while they are at home.
He announced his intention to hold a meeting with boda boda operators in the ward to sensitize them on the dangers of allowing unqualified riders on the roads, regretting they were the cause of an increase in the number of accident cases.
On her part, Mautuma location chief Pamela Davava Kulali hailed the MCA move for being concerned over challenges facing village elders and her office while discharging duties.
“We thank you MCA for standing with us in security matters, you grew up here in Mautuma and you understand this place well,” said the chief.
She acknowledged the challenges in communicating with Nyumba Kumi lead elders in times of emergency and now that they have only charged radio calls without need of airtime, the work will be easy.
Mrs. Kulali also welcomed other leaders in Mautuma location to emulate the MCA move by seeing how they can chip in with similar gestures especially now that we’re headed for the Christmas festive season.