Murang’a county police commander Ms. Donatha Kiplagat has raised alarm over regrouping of the outlawed mungiki sect members in some parts of the county.
On Friday, Kiplagat observed that in parts of Kigumo Sub County, the outlawed sect was recruiting members and warned young people against joining the sect.
She said members of the sect are trying to penetrate and man matatu stages saying security officers were on ground to crackdown the sect which some years back used to terrorize local residents.
The commander spoke at Kigumo sub county headquarters when Ahadi Kenya Trust led by the executive director Stanley Kamau donated shoes to members of Nyumba Kumi.
Kiplagat called on locals to volunteer information to ensure criminals in the area are apprehended urging members of Nyumba kumi to assist in ensuring those behind regrouping of the sect face the law.
“We have information that the outlawed mungiki sect is regrouping and we will not hesitate to arrest members of the group. Security will be beefed up especially in parts of Kigumo and we request members of the public to cooperate with police to successfully crackdown the sect,” added Kiplagat.
On his part, Kamau lauded the work which has been done by members of Nyumba Kumi especially in the security sector.
“Nyumba Kumi has played a great role in fighting against crime and drug trafficking. We will continue engaging them to ensure we fight all illegal groups and beef up security in our villages,” Kamau noted.
He said that Nyumba Kumi has helped in lowering insecurity cases but decried that those included in the initiative are rarely appreciated.
“The work done by members of Nyumba Kumi is great but it’s unfortunate these people are not well recognized. As Ahadi Trust we have come up with a programme to appreciate them by providing them with shoes,” he said.
He also requested relevant stakeholders to support those involved in Nyumba Kumi economically so that they can perform their duties without many challenges.
“If Nyumba Kumi is well supported, cases of insecurity in our villages will end and this is what we want as peace will promote investments at grassroots,” he further noted.
Kamau further asked the government to consider adding more time for voter registration saying the one month period was short especially for those in rural areas.
“I appeal to the government to extend voter registration period. Not all people, especially those in interior areas got information about the exercise but if the time is extended by one or two months, more people will register as voters,” he added.
Kamau also challenged members of Nyumba Kumi and elders to mobilize locals to register as voters and also support those sick and physically challenged to reach registration centres.