Kakamega residents protest surging crime
Residents of Ikolomani constituency in Kakamega county are protesting surging criminal activities in the area.
They have sensationally claimed that youths aged 18 years and below were terrorising them at nightfall.
Residents further allege that the thugs move in gangs and access houses of victims by either introducing themselves as police officers or break in.
Some of the victims said the gangsters move around with shackles and wearing attire that resemble police officers.
“They came to my house at around 4am and ordered me to open the door, saying they were police officers. They then descended on me and robbed me of cash and valuables, including my mobile phone worth Sh17,000,” Henry Amwoka, a victim, said.
The criminals allegedly warn their victims against reporting the cases, threatening to return to attack them if they did so.
Situation has forced area Deputy County Commissioner Geoffrey Mayama to convene a public baraza during which he appealed to the residents to confide names of suspects for investigations.
The meeting was held at Shamusinjiri in Idakho North Ward, which is the most affected.
Residents said most area youths spend their days idling around yet lead lives similar to people of means.
“There are a number of our youths who idle around the main roads and busaa clubs but no one knows what they do for a living. These should be investigated,” Moses Lumiti, a retired high school principal said.