20 April 2017

Kenya: Kiambu Ranked the Country's Crime Capital

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Narok police boss Paul Kiogora displays some of the items recovered from four suspected robbers who were lynched on January 4, 2017.

Kiambu County is Kenya's crime capital going by the cases reported to police.

Of the 76,986 cases reported to police countrywide last year, 6,006 were in Kiambu followed by Meru (5,117), Nairobi (4,954) and Nakuru (4,133).

The figures are contained in a government survey on serious crimes like murder, robbery with violence and sexual offences.

Murder in Kenya is on the increase, according to the survey. Some 2,751 homicides were reported in 2016.

The report puts murder and suicide under one category - homicide.

GONE COLD

According to the survey only a handful of murder cases made it to the courts suggesting many are either being investigated or have gone cold.

At the High Court in Nairobi, 184 murders cases were registered.

In Eldoret, the county that came second in registered murder cases, the courts are trying 92 cases of murder.

Other counties with high numbers of murder are Meru (77), Kakamega (55), Nakuru (52), Kisii (34) and Murang'a (32).

Of all the total, 1,248 men and 198 women were listed as murder suspects by police.

"The number of persons reported to have committed the offences may differ with that of crimes reported to police because a person may commit more than one crime or a crime may be committed by more than one person," the survey explained.

207 CONVICTIONS

The findings, contained in economic survey 2017, also show the number of convictions for murder is low, suggesting the cases either drag in court or no convictions.

In Nairobi, the High Court had only 11 convictions, one in Mombasa, 13 in Eldoret and 35 in Meru.

In Total 940 murder cases were registered in high courts across the country while there were 207 convictions.

The survey further shows that Kenyans are reporting more crimes to police.

"The number of crimes reported to the police increased by 6.2 per cent from 72,490 in 2015 to 76,986 in 2016. The main categories were offences against person and stealing which rose by 1,121 and 833 crimes in 2016. However, declines in the number of reported crimes were mainly recorded in robbery and stock theft during the review," the survey also says.

On the other hand Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and Kisumu counties recorded declined numbers of crime reported.

Regarding the war against corruption it says that Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission traced and recovered stolen public assets.

"The commission traced public assets valued at Sh3.6 billion compared to Sh3.7 billion in 2014/15. In same period, the value of public assets recovered stood at Sh420.6 million. In addition, the commission averted a loss of assets worth Sh2.6 billion in 2015/16," according to the survey.

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