The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kwale Wants Officers Moved

THE national government has been urged to transfer all long serving security officers working at Msambweni sub-county in Kwale County. The issue was raised at a security meeting attended by Kwale county top security officials led by county commissioner Evans Achoki at Calipso restaurant in Ukunda by Suleiman Yeya on Saturday last week.

Yeya alleged that such officers have colluded with criminals in the area to terrorize locals and business people among other criminal activities. "We have some officers who have served for over 10 years we want them transferred to other regions," said Yeya. He said that security officers who sleep at their work should also be shown a door out and go back home for being incompetent.

Yeya said that police are to blame for the rising insecurity incidents in Msambweni and especially Ukunda and its environments. Former Msambweni MP Kassim Mwamzandi urged police not to disclose identity of locals who give them information to protect them from being harassed by criminals.

'If we give you information don't disclose us please let the confidentiality be there amongst police because that will give locals morale to inform you if they know whereabouts of criminals but otherwise they will never inform you on anything," he said.

He also asked the security department to recruits more youths in villages to help them get information which are crucial in curbing insecurity. Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori who was present during the security meeting said that police should help to stop the continued killing of innocent people in his constituency.

"We cannot continue seeing innocent people being killed every day. Police should act and stop it," he said. Kwale county police commander Kenneth Kimani assured locals that police will maintain confidentiality and asked them to volunteer information to help them curb insecurity. He said they are doing their best to ensure the region is safe and locals stay peaceful without being terrorized by criminals.

Kwale county commissioner Evans Achoki said they will do what they are expected to protect Kwale residents. "We ask everyone to help us in providing with information so that together we can curb insecurity but be assured we are working to protect you all," said Achoki. The security meeting was called following continue killing of innocent locals and Muslim clerics in the area.

The number of people killed by armed gang is three for the last one month with Muslim leaders blaming the killings on police who have so far distanced themselves.

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