Authorities have allowed a shoot-to-kill order in Mt. Kenya region.
This is following livestock theft that has become a menace in the region, forcing the authorities to give an okay to that rule, against livestock thieves.
The region counties have recorded an estimated Ksh 600 million loss every year, attributed to livestock lost at the hands of raiders.
According to Central Region Commissioner, Wilfred Nyagwanga, the arms used are homemade.
I’ve directed our security teams to shoot to kill anyone who will be found threatening lives and property with firearms.
Most affected areas, as told by the commissioner are; Mbeere South in Embu, Ndia in Kirinyaga, and Ithanga/Kaakuzi, Gatanga, Murang’a South, Kandara, Kigumo and Kiharu in Murang’a County.
The situation has worsened in the past two years, and an upset residency has resorted to taking matters into their own hands, lynching eight culprits and making another 53 citizen arrests.
The administrator terms the crime as economic sabotage, vowing to root it out.
We’ve profiled the Embu-Makutano, Sagana-Murang’a-Kenol, Ithanga-Mbomo-Thika, Gatura-Thika and other roads that link the region to the Thika superhighway as special policing zones that criminals are using to ferry livestock.
ilfred said they are to cosely work with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the courts.
We want to work with the DPP so that, when we present the suspects in court, the cases are watertight.[/penci_blockquote
In his pledge about the cattle thieves,We will take the battle to the criminals and will no longer wait to be awakened in the dead of night to go chase after them, we will use all the tactics sand resources at our disposal to dismantle the criminal networks.
On Saturday, September, 11, a gang of four raided Moses Ngure’s homestead, Mariki Village around midnight, stealing 30 sheep, worthy Ksh 150,000.
Sunday, September, 12, Murang’a South sub-county police boss Alexander Shikondo and his team, led by a special squad under the command of Chief Inspector Cleophas Juma, pursued the thieves. By 6am, they had recovered 17 sheep alive and three killed.
They ran away when they saw us. We’re dealing with an organised criminal network.
In a report filed by the Daily Nation, security teams in the eight sub-counties have now been given a directive to closely monitor slaughter-houses and livestock markets.
Catherine Ringera, Kandara sub-county Police Commander said community policing committees will be empowered to identify and report all forms of criminal activities to security officers, who will increase patrols.