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Count boss urges residents to embrace digital crime reporting

KNA    The government has developed a new platform which will help residents report crime and other incidents by sending short messages using their mobile phones.

Murang’a County Commissioner Mr. Fredrick Ndunga has said the platform dubbed Mulika Uhalifu will enable locals to report any incident that needs urgent reaction from security agents.

He noted that sending the short messages to toll free number 988, will assist security officers get factual information and act upon the report given at appropriate time.

“The new mobile phone technology platform is aimed at promoting and facilitating citizen participation in national security and service delivery,” said Ndunga when he met community leaders and section of residents at Murang’a Technology Primary School

The administrator encouraged locals to send free SMS alerts to 988 and report incidents of crimes, insecurity or poor service delivery anonymously without fear of reprisals.

“One can send in information either as a victim or a witness to a crime starting with your county name, location, then the relevant information,” explained Ndunga

He cautioned members of the public from perpetuating lies and propaganda when sending messages to the toll saying the messages should be timely and accurate.

The administrator who was recently transferred to Murang’a further asked local leaders and departmental heads to jointly work together saying the national government recognizes the fact that security is a stakeholder responsibility.

He stressed that the county security team is on the high alert and all those found culpable of the reported crimes shall face the full force of the law.

About the 2022 elections, the commissioner requested political leaders to engage in an open forum and discuss how the elections will be conducted in peace.

“Let us shape how politics in the county will be conducted. Politicians will be held accountable in case of chaos before and after elections,” he added.

He called for peaceful campaigns and cautioned politicians from causing chaos and fracas during the electioneering period.

Murang’a Town MCA, Jacinta Ng’ang’a pleaded with politicians and aspiring politicians for the various positions in the county to carry out peaceful campaigns.



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