Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Kamakwa Location, Nyeri, Chief, Peter Kimiti, even as the government declared an intense security operation to smoke out all criminals in the area effective Wednesday.
Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, said such barbaric acts of murder of a security officer would not go unpunished, adding the they were following crucial leads that will aid in arrest of more suspects.
He said that the government would decisively deal with criminals in every part of the country in the wake of murder of yet another Chief in Todonyang’ location, Turkana County, two days ago by suspected cattle rustlers from Ethiopia.
“You cannot kill a security officer and expect us to be silent or have mercy on you,” warned the CS, adding that the government was concerned with upsurge of crime in Nyeri.
Speaking Wednesday when he visited the slain Chief’s home to condole with the family, Matiang’i said the security operation targeting the town and its environs would go on until all criminal elements are weeded out and illegal firearms seized.
“Whoever is in possession of a firearm, the only way to be safe is to surrender as we won’t come for you smiling,” cautioned the CS.
Together with enhanced security operation and police patrols, the CS said they had also made some sweeping changes in the security apparatus in the area including transfers and deployment of extra security personnel.
He attributed the upsurge of crime in area partly to alcohol and drug abuse and influx of individuals from other parts of the country who have taken advantage of the peace and tranquility to advance their criminal activities.
As the County hosts National Music Festivals for schools and colleges in a week’s time, Matiang’i assured visitors of adequate security as they carry on their business.
Nyeri Town MP, Ngunjiri Wambugu, said the death of the Chief should not go unpunished in order to instill confidence to the locals that there safety was not in jeopardy.