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Deal with illicit brews, insecurity or be sacked, Regional Commissioner warns chiefs.

Central Regional Commissioner Wilson Njega addressing a public baraza on Tuesday at the Starehe Grounds Thika.

Chiefs and their assistants found to be compromising on their responsibilities will be sacked forthwith.

This warning was made by the Central Regional Commissioner (CRC), Wilson Njega on Tuesday when he met community policing and ‘Nyumba Kumi’ leaders at the Thika High School for The Blind hall and later during a public baraza at the Starehe Grounds.

The CRC ordered all administrators and security agencies in the region to intensify war on insecurity, drugs and illicit brews in their areas, noting that the consumption of illicit brews and drugs had caused alarming societal problems, notwithstanding wreaking havoc to the youth who were the country’s major workforce.

“We have a very difficult task ahead of us as we safeguard the health of our people. Chiefs and assistant chiefs definitely know the brewers and sellers. And we cannot achieve this if some of our officers are being compromised by criminals or are in this trade of selling brews and illegal gambling,” Njega warned.

Njega also pointed out that gambling syndrome had taken root among the youth and created poverty and increased insecurity as the addicts spent every single penny in their possession hoping to hit the jack pot and earn easy money.

“The next six months of the year will be dedicated to eradicating this illicit liquor trade and illegal gambling. Once that is done, we will visit this area to announce the various government development programmes that will benefit the locals including the implementation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ‘Big Four’ agenda,” said Njega.

Njega also asked the officers to deal ruthlessly with criminals especially those who were armed warning that the police will show no mercy to armed robbers.

He cited the outlawed Mungiki sect, whose members he said were active in the region.

“We cannot allow armed criminals to wreak havoc to innocent wananchi. Criminals have no room in our area and the police will use ‘necessary force’ to deal will all armed criminals,” warned the CRC.

He directed to all DCCs, ACCs, Chiefs and their assistants to install suggestion boxes within their official compounds where members of public will be dropping information regarding insecurity and the sale of illicit brews within their areas of jurisdiction.

Njega promised to look into improving the working conditions of the security agencies saying that once their budgets were approved, he will ensure more police officers and patrol vehicles were deployed in the densely populated areas of Thika so as to enhance security through patrols.

Among those in attendance included Kiambu Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga, Thika West DCC Douglas Muriithi Mutai, his Thika East Counterpart Thomas Senkei and other senior security chiefs from the region.

Others were A team from area MP Patrick Wainaina led by his PA John Mwangi Njuguna, MCAs Andrew Ndirangu Kimani (Township), Raphael Chege Waithumbi (Kamenu), Dunson Mburu Njoroge (Hospital), Emma Wanjiku Ndirangu (Nominated) and John Njiru Njue (Nominated), the Thika Business District Association chairman Alfred Wanyoike and Counseling Psychologist Gladys Chania Mwangi.

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