Kindiki: Crime rates have dropped by 13pc in last three months

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 05:40 | By
Kindiki: Crime rates have dropped by 13pc in last three months
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki addresses the press, yesterday. PD/John Ochieng

Overall crime incidents in the country have reduced by 13.5 per cent in the last three months, Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kithure Kindi said yesterday. 

Prof Kindiki also said security agencies had stepped up the fight against terrorism and disrupted terror plots at source, killing and even arresting dozens of suspected terrorists.

“They have also destroyed a huge cache of weapons and explosives that could have badly harmed our people if they were not intercepted,” he said.

“As our hardworking officers in the elite specially trained formed units remain engaged to keep terror at bay, their colleagues on general duties have helped us to significantly reduce the general rate of crime in the country during the past three months,” the CS said.

The CS was speaking at Harambee House on the ministry’s progress in the last 100 says since he assumed the powerful docket.

According to the ministry, crime in the country has decreased from 8,297 to 7,179 incidents in absolute numbers during the period under review. “Urban crime, especially the Nairobi muggings that had threatened to disrupt life and businesses in our capital city in the September/October season, has now been contained,” he said.

The CS added that the agencies had also stepped up border patrols and upped surveillance on the proliferation of illicit arms, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Regarding banditry, the CS said the security agencies shall crush bandits and livestock rustling, noting that it is a problem that had spanned decades and cannot go away instantly.

“We have stirred and disrupted the banditry network. Neither their occasional antics nor the glorification they 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 warned.

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