Security was intensified in Meru and Tharaka-Nithi churches yesterday following last week's grenade attack on Garissa churches. Police in uniform and plain clothes manned various churches in the two counties. "We have officers both in uniform and undercover to avert any terror attack in the area and I urge the residents to embrace community policing by alerting the police whenever they spot a stranger in the area," said Imenti Central police boss Silvester Githungo.
Tharaka North OCPD Patrick Wambani said priority was given to Catholic and Methodist churches who have the majority of followers in the two counties. "Loud music from the speakers attract big crowds and since we cannot stop worshipers from attending Sunday service, we ensure security is beefed up through frequent patrols and searches to contain any crime," said Wambani.
Igembe South police boss Ali Nzimbu said the number of police officers sent to a church depended on the number of the worshipers. He said every church had at least two officers in uniform or plain clothes. Tigania West OCPD Moses Kipyegon said police are in high alert monitoring all the areas to ensure all the churches and market places are covered.