Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki claims the crime rate in the Country has reduced by 13.5pc since he assumed office.
Prof. Kindiki, while releasing his 100 days scorecard on Monday, claimed the government has also contained the recent Nairobi muggings.
“Crime in the country has reduced by 13.5% from 8,297 reported incidents to 7,179 incidents in absolute numbers. Urban crime especially the Nairobi muggings that had threatened to disrupt our way of life and businesses in our capital city in the September and October season have now been contained and we are working hard to bring down the statistics even further down,” Kindiki said.
The CS at the same time assured Kenyans of enhanced security saying the nearly 6,000 newly-recruited officers to the National Police Service (NPS) as well as nearly 3,000 Kenya Prisons Service officers will be immediately deployed to security hotspots across the country.
“We have stepped up our border patrols and upped our surveillance on the proliferation of illicit arms, narcotic drugs and substances. We have improved on our intelligence gathering to stay steps ahead of the enemy.”
CS Kindiki also announced plans to install an Advanced Passenger Information (API) system as well as e-Gates at the country’s entry points for easy profiling of passengers and convenience.
On the issue of banditry, CS Kindiki said in the last 3 months, the government has recovered 60 per cent of stolen animals in the 10 most banditry-affected areas including Kitui, Mandera, Garissa, West Pokot, Laikipia, Samburu, Marsabit, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tana River and Meru.
“I want to assure the people of Kenya that neither the occasional antics nor the glorification that bandits are getting from a tiny minority of naysayers, will deter our resolve to eliminate them and the threat they pose to our country’s search for peace and progress,” he stated.
Kindiki said he has a high-level counter-banditry land and air team complete with a situation room at the Ministry headquarters to oversee daily progress in the war against bandits.
He said the government was investing in community-based intelligence, drone surveillance technology, modern personal protection equipment and kitting for the security personnel.