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Stick To Your Zones, Juja DCC Warn Thika Police.

Juja Sub DCC Muthama Wambua speaks to a resident Kissinger Kinuthia during a public baraza on security held  at Witeithie Estate. Juja OCS Zachary Atea looks on.

Juja Sub-County Deputy commissioner Muthama Wambua has cautioned police officers from Thika West Sub-County against encroaching into his jurisdiction warning that he would not sit back and watch them harass Witeithie Estate residents.

Speaking in Witeithie estate during a public baraza, the DCC who was accompanied by Juja Assistant County Commissioner Pricilla Simon, Juja OCS Zachariah Atea, Witeithie AP Commander John Kamau and Assistant Chiefs said Juja Sub-County was now a fully-fledged sub-county with departmental heads including OCPD and DAPC. 

“I don’t want to hear police from Thika coming to harass people of Witeithie who are now in Juja Police Division. All police issues from this estate should be handled by police from Juja to avoid unnecessary confusion,” said Wambua

He pointed out that whenever Thika police were tracking criminals from their end they should liaise with their Juja counterparts.

Residents of Witeithie have been complaining of police harassment from Thika who have been making arbitrary arrest and extorting money from “suspects”.

Thika OCPD Erastus Muthamia concurred that Witeithie was now not under him.  He however denied any knowledge of any of his officers encroaching Witeithie and harassing residents.

“If I get such information I will firmly act”, said Muthamia.

Wambua decried skyrocketing cases of murders and bhang peddling in the estate. He hailed local chiefs and APs for waging war against these vices. Reacting to a request to consider the officers for promotion, the administrator said the matter would be looked into.

He urged local chief Mucui Muiruri to investigate the loopholes through which bhang found its way into the estate. He said out of the 20 bags of bhang netted in the Kiambu County 14 were from Witeithie. He urged the residents to embrace the Nyumba Kumi Initiative in a view to subdue criminal incidents in the area.  

“I want the Chief of this area and the police complimented by the community to ensure all loop holes through which narcotic and illicit brew gets their ways into this estates and seal them in a bid to wipe out this challenge,” said the administrator.

He ordered his officers to destroy all bikes and motor vehicles nabbed engaging in criminal activities such as peddling narcotic and illicit brews in line with the presidential directive. The chiefs and police officers were also directed to arrest land owners whose shambas/plots were being used to manufacture illicit brews in the Sub-County.

“They should be held as first suspects since they ought to know what is happening in their lands,” he said.
Peter Njoroge Mburu, the area Nyumba Kumi chairman, lamented that the eight APs attached to Witeithie AP Camp could not cope with the increased number of residents of Witeithie which currently stood at over 50,000 people. He admitted that those officers were being overworked and needed to be reinforced in order to cope up with the demand. Nonetheless, he commended them for their commitment and dedication to duty.

“These officers are engaged during the day where they go to escort money and at night they are also supposed to patrol the vast estate. This is against the ILO requirement where one is supposed to work for 8 hours and if necessary an overtime of 4 hours anything beyond this is not only illegal but renders one irresponsible on his duty. I request that a police line be started here to supplement the work of the APs,” said Mburu.

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