Team formed to contain soaring city crime

Nairobi county police commander Augustine Nthumbi

By: Yvonne Atieno  @MountKenyaTimes

Multi agency team has been instituted to deal with the crime rate within Nairobi city and its environs, Nairobi county police Commander Augustine Nthumbi has said.

Nthumbi noted that several officers have been deployed including a special team to restore sanity in the city.

In the recent days, the central business district and periphery have been on the spot for criminal activity, including broad day muggings and robbery with violence.

The county police commander said plain clothes officers have been tasked to address the matter within the shortest time possible.

The county police commander said the police have also widened their net to deal with kidnapping cases within Nairobi region.

Nthumbi at the same time warned the boda boda operators against being part of the criminal activities.

He called up the locals to cooperate with the security officers in taming the worsening situation.

The latest comes amid concerns about rising crime in the city, with the most recent video showing daring thugs stealing a phone from an unidentified person inside a Nairobi eatery.

Several Kenyans have reported muggings and attacks within the city in recent weeks, with some occurring in broad daylight.

Late last month, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) urged members of the public who may fall or have fallen victims of mugging within the Nairobi CBD to make formal reports.

DCI said while many victims take to social media to narrate their ordeals in the hands of gangs, they have to formalize the complaints to facilitate the prosecution process.

“While it is good sensitisation, we further urge them to formalise those complaints as guided to facilitate the prosecution process once arrests are effected.”

In many scenarios, suspected criminals go scot-free even after they have been arrested from the CBD streets, as the few who report at the station fail to pursue their cases or even turn up for hearings.

DCI said it remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of every citizen while subjecting any acts of criminality to the unforgiving arm of the law.

Multi-agency approach working

The multi-agency approach in managing security threats in the country is bearing fruit and should be supported.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said since the approach was adopted, different forms of crimes, including terrorism, human trafficking, smuggling cross border crimes, have reduced.

He added there is coordinated sharing of intelligence among agencies involved in the management, hence a stable country.

Matiang’i made the remarks Wednesday in a speech read by Interior Chief Administrative Secretary Hussein Dado during the unveiling of the Kenya Coordinated Border Management Programme and Facilitator’s Manual.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai concurred, saying ongoing multi-agency partnership has stopped major crimes and sharing of intelligence had enhanced many issues.

“We have had increased consultations, information sharing and increased utilisation of resources, hence a secure system,” he said.

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