Police boss hails cooperation with wananchi for taming insecurity

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The improved security situation in Northeastern is thanks to the cooperation between law enforcers and wananchi, the regional police boss has said. 

Northeastern regional police commander Rono Bunei said enhanced cooperation has meant no attacks have been recorded in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera for several months. 

Bunei urged members of the public to continue volunteering information on suspected criminals in their midst.

“The police and other security agencies alone cannot restore or maintain peace without the cooperation of the communities. We all have to work together towards this end,” Bunei said.

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He spoke at the Garissa police line nursery schools on Thursday as he handed over books, face masks and food donations from the county government. 

“We want to thank residents of Northeastern and more so areas that have been prone to terror attacks for realising the importance of volunteering information on suspected criminals in their midst,” he said.

The police boss challenged the residents not to drop their guard lest they erode the gains made in the war against terror.SECURITY Northeastern regional police commander Rono Bunei with pupils at the Garissa police line nursery school.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

“In the past, leaking of crucial information by some rogue officers provided by members of the public has been blamed for mistrust between security agencies and the wananchi, something that has greatly compromised security,” he said.

Northeastern has borne the brunt of deadly terror attacks by the Somali-based al Shabaab insurgents. The worst case was the 2015 Garissa University attack that claimed 148 lives, most of them students.

The militants have also targeted non-Somali teachers and civil servants including police officers in an effort to disrupt government services in the region.

The militants also target Safaricom masts to cut off communication so that wananchi have no means of volunteering information to security agencies on their whereabouts and movement.

Attacks almost crippled the education sector in 2019 following mass transfers of non-Somali tutors by the Teachers Service Commission. 

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