Government assures on security, calls for vigilance in Kisumu County
Kisumu County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim has said the government has put in place early warning systems to ensure the August 8 polls are conducted in a peaceful manner.
Maalim said the County Security team has opened a security command centre at the Kisumu Central Police Station and unveiled two toll free lines to enable members of the public to report any criminal activities.
Speaking on Thursday when he unveiled a new division at Central Nyakach, in Nyakach sub-county, Maalim said the hotlines, 0740967358 (Safaricom) and 0775919454 (Telkom) will enable the public to volunteer information to security agencies.
He said this will help forestall any criminal activity as the country heads to the General Election.
Maalim cautioned political leaders against inciting members of the public, saying security officers will deal firmly with any acts of lawless, before, during and after the general election.
“We want you to show commitment for peace by actively informing us on what is happening so that we have peaceful election” he said.
The administrator singled out an incident late last June in which the public alerted him about a group of armed youth who intended to disrupt a political rally at Rabour at which candidate for Kisumu’s senatorial seat Fred Outa was launching his bid.
“We were able to lay a roadblock and arrested 27 youth armed with machetes and even bhang before they reached the venue” he added.
Maalim singled out cattle theft as a major security threat in the area, he expressed optimism that the new administration will curb the menace.
Maalim said the government, through a Kenya Gazette notice dated 21stJune had created five new divisions, seven new locations and another 16 sub-locations in Kisumu County to take services closer to the people.
The divisions are Nyakach Central, Holo, Kisumu Central, Kolwa and Kajulu.
By George Kaiga