The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Hundreds Protest Over Murang'a Kidnappings

Tension was high in Murang'a town yesterday after hundreds of residents took to the streets over increased insecurity.

They stormed the county commissioner's office Kula Hache demanding immediate sacking of six senior police officers and members of the provincial administration.

Led by lawyer cum politician Irungu Kangata, the protestors blamed police in Murang'a of laxity in the wake of the rising abduction incidents in the area.

"The gang is heavily armed and is operating while wearing police uniforms, how come police have not arrested them," Kangata asked. Business came to a standstill as businessmen closed their shops to join the demonstrations.

Violence broke out as anti-riot police tried to disperse the angry protestors who had threatening to storm the police station and eject officers they want sacked.

DO Edward Lengo tried to address the protestors but was heckled and his offer for a "boardroom" seat down turned down as they insisted on seeing the county commissioner who was in Nairobi.

The demonstrators gave a seven day ultimatum to the county commissioner to have the OCPD, OCS, DCIO and other three provincial administration officers transfered. They also gave a 14 days' notice to have a police post built at Mukuyu town which is the hot bed for kidnappers.

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