MP raises alarm over rising insecurity in Kitengela town

Kajiado East Member of Parliament Peris Tobiko has expressed concern over the rising cases of insecurity in Kitengela town in the recent past.

Tobiko noted that the town has lately been hit by many insecurity incidences ranging from theft, kidnappings, carjacking and murder.

Addressing a press conference at her offices in Kitengela, Tobiko urged the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i to streamline the security apparatus at the town adding that security officers were ‘sleeping on the job’.

“Of late, Kitengela town has been on the news constantly because of bad things.  We have had people being killed, yesterday there was an attempted kidnapping, the security team needs to take their job seriously and ensure that all these insecurity incidences are brought to an end,” she said.

The legislator while calling for the transfer of police officers who are not doing their job also demanded that the police increase patrols in the town and bring to book all those involved in criminal activities.

She noted that despite various insecurity incidences occurring, no one had been brought to book yet with residents now living in fear.

“We have seen police officers being suspended in Nakuru for not doing their job, this should also be done here in Kitengela. Police must take responsibility. We cannot allow lawlessness to take over,” said Tobiko.

Citing the incident where four men were killed by a mob and their motorcycles burnt on suspicion of being livestock thieves, Tobiko called on locals to avoid taking the law into their hands.

She noted that the incident was quite unfortunate and asked police officers to ensure that the families of the young men who lost their lives get justice.

The MP also called for security to be beefed up to curb rampant livestock theft in the area which has led to suspicion and fear by locals of new persons in the area.

Kajiado East Constituency, where Kitengela town is located, has in the past few months hit the headlines for wrong reasons. On August 8, four young men were killed by a mob in Kitengela town on suspicion of being livestock thieves.

Two brothers Fredrick Mureithi and Victor Mwangi together with their friends Mike Onduso and Nicholas Musa left their Syokimau home on August 7 to attend a birthday party in Isinya town where they spent the night.

However, they were ambushed and attacked on Sunday night as they returned to Syokimau by villagers who accused them of being livestock thieves.

According to their relatives, the quartet had stopped to repair one of their motorcycles when they were attacked 20km from Namanga Road.

On Sunday, August 15, a middle-aged man was rescued from an attempted kidnapping ordeal in the town.

Five men, masquerading as police officers, lured the victim Charles Semo out of a bar and bundled him inside their vehicle before speeding off towards Isinya town.

Semo managed to scream and attracted the attention of passersby and Boda Boda riders who gave chase to the vehicle, blocked it and rescued him.

The angry mob descended on the kidnappers with kicks and blows and vandalized their vehicle before police arrived and rescued them.

Cases of murder and kidnapping of children have also been reported in the town in the recent past especially in Noonkopir area and Ky’angombe.

On July 28, residents of Noonkopir estate woke up to the dead body of a woman alleged to have been killed by her husband and hidden under her bed.

The body of Ann Njeri was found hidden under her bed in their rental house by her sister Mary Nyokabi who had gone to look for her after trying to reach her on phone in vain.

Nyokabi said when she reached the house it was locked from the outside but a pungent smell emanating from the inside prompted her to inform neighbours and Nyumba Kumi elders who broke into the house and discovered her sister’s body under the bed.

On May 31, the body of a grade two pupil who had disappeared from their home after going out to play with friends May 29, was found inside a gummy bag at a thicket in Orata, Noonkopir.

Shantel Nzembi, was killed by her kidnappers after making ransom calls to her mother demanding Ksh 300, 000 for her release.

Three people were arrested and charged in connection with her kidnapping and death.



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