Raid on police station a sobering moment

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 06:00 | By
An view of the entrance at the Central Police Station, Nairobi. PHOTO/Print
An view of the entrance at the Central Police Station, Nairobi. PHOTO/Print

The recent incident in Koyonzo village in Matungu sub-county where residents stormed a local police station to protest the killing of two night guards could be an epitome of the desperation that is gripping Kenyans across the country over the worsening security situation.

Though Kenyans should not be encouraged to take the law into the hands, the Koyonzo incident should be an eye opener to the security bosses.

Enraged by the hacking to death of two night guards at a shopping centre barely a few metres from a police station on Saturday night, the residents stormed the facility and destroyed property worth millions of shillings. Police officers were left nursing injuries as a result of the melee.

According to the residents, the raiders had first broken into a shop, stole property of unknown value before hacking to death the two night guards and bundling their bodies in an iron shed in a market under construction.

The attack came barely a month after the same shop had been broken into, property stolen and a night guard severely injured and warned to either disengage his services or be ready to lose his life all together.
As we have already stated, however enraged they may have been the rising insecurity in the area, residents of Koyonzo ought not top have taken destructive action.

There are various channels readily available through which they ought to have aired their grievances.
But it should be worrying that shop break-ins at shopping centres across the country are more frequent now and a lot more brazen. This is killing once vibrant shopping centres.

Robberies and hacking watchmen to death are the silent catastrophes that have struck many parts of the country. Villages and shopping centres are no longer safe as gangs strike at will.

Unfortunately, reports made to the police over the robberies and thefts are never acted upon. The only operation ever mounted by the officers is only targeted at illicit brewers, who don’t bribe them, to remain in business.

Save for a few Kenyans who either enjoy State security or can afford to retain bodyguards and other forms of personal security, the countryside has become more insecure.

It is high time the government, through the Inspector General Japhet Koome, came up with a strategy on how to deal with these brazen incidents of insecurity.

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