The Star (Nairobi)

28 December 2012

Kenya: Inspector General Wants Stolen Guns Returned

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo yesterday assured officers of support. Kimaiyo said no officer will be victimised as they carry out an operation to recover nine firearms stolen from the police in September.

"Yesterday, we gave firm instructional orders that before the end of seven days, we want those firearms back," he said.

The firearms were stolen from police who were attacked and killed at the height of the Tana clashes in August and September. Kimaiyo said five more people have been arrested in connection with the recent violence in the area.

The five were arrested on Wednesday after a joint meeting between members of the warring Pokomo and Orma communities.

About 58 people had earlier been arrested and charged in connection with the clashes where more than 40 people were killed and scores others injured.

"Our operation must continue and we must double our efforts. Let us change our attitude and culture towards the public and the public should also change their cultures towards the officers and their attitude," said Kimaiyo at the sidelines of a meeting with the Coast Provincial Security Intelligence Committee at the provincial headquarters yesterday.

Kimaiyo said the government will deploy more units to cover the identified hotspots in Tana River. "We are assuring wananchi that their security now is guaranteed and they can go on with their normal activities," said Kimaiyo.

He warned that politicians will not be allowed to use abusive words, threats of inciteful statements that will stir animosity between communities.

The US government has condemned the renewed violence in Tana and urged the government, police and leaders from the Orma and Pokomo communities to bring an end to the cycle of conflict.

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