7 July 2011

Kenya: Nakuru Police Link Rise in Crime to Inflation

Rising insecurity in Nakuru has been linked to the upsurge in the cost of living. Area police chief John Ipara told reporters a majority of the criminal cases reported in the past two months involve people living in slums in the town.

Ipara said unless the Kenyan shilling stabilizes and inflation drops to less than 10 per cent, desperate youth are likely to enter crime as a means of making ends meet. "The suspects we have recently arrested live in areas where lowly paid workers stay including Kaptembwa, Pondamali and Ronda. These people work for entrepreneurs and are paid not more than Sh100 per day which is not even enough to buy a packet of maize flour. It is very challenging," Ipara said.

He said the stress and pressure of sustaining their families prompts them to engage in criminal activities like illegal liquor brewing and drug peddling. He called upon the government to come up with a policy in which every unemployed and poor citizen in the country gets a stipend to buy food.

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