Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria has commended security agents in the area for containing rampant insecurity. He said crime rate has drastically reduced over the last few months, adding that, this year, no major criminal incidents have been reported. Speaking yesterday during a meeting with provincial administrators and chief security officers in the county, wa Iria said he will continue working closely with the national government to assure residents of safety as they engage in nation building.
“Kidnapping cases were order of the day for the better part of last year and this scared away investors,” he said. The governor attributed the success in combating crime to the massive reshuffle of security officers in the area, with the newly-posted team working around the clock to thwart criminal activities. “Police officers who had stayed here for long were unable to break the tight crime network formed by gangsters.
It was even revealed that there was a cartel behind the abductions, but we are happy the criminals are now overpowered,” said wa Iria. He said his government has acquired several police motorbikes that will be issued to officers to beef up patrol in the grassroots. Area County Commissioner Kula Hache, said the security team seeks to zero rate crime in the region, adding that no incident of kidnapping has been reported so far this year.
The administrator said the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) has helped secure Murang’a and assured residents the county for business and other income-generation incidents. RRI is a government initiative that aims at boosting security in the country by enhancing communication systems and improving on the standard of prevention and response to disasters.
Hache said police will step up patrols to ensure criminals who are fleeing the security operations in other parts of the country do not use the county as hideout. She urged security stakeholders to work together as a team to fight crime and commended the County government for its role in the same.