Ikanga residents demonstrate over the killing of 3 watchmen


Residents of Ikanga Wednesday held peaceful demonstrations to Ikanga police station demanding the transfer of all officers in that station, following an incident where 3 watchmen were killed Tuesday evening.

They gave the government 7 days to resolve the issue of insecurity at Ikanga by ensuring the officers working in that station are transferred and replaced.

Speaking to the press, the angry residents condemned the incident of murder without the clue from the police of who committed the act, blaming the officers at Ikanga for negligence in ensuring the locals and their properties are secured during the curfew hours.

“Let them be transferred to other places and be replaced by others who are concerned with the issue of insecurity at Ikanga. We give the Government one week to transfer them,” One of the demonstrators said.

“They patrol for an hour and engage in adultery and drunkenness. Tell Mutyambai to bring other officers here at Ikanga,” said one of the ladies in the demonstrations.

Kitui County Commissioner John Ondego speaking to press after touring the area asked members of the public to volunteer and give information of whoever they accuse of participating in the murder of the 3 watchmen, promising to leave no stone unturned until all the culprits are brought to book.

He requested the irate locals to partner with police to end the insecurity incidents which have been on raise at Ikanga market

“We will not rest until we track all participants to ensure the laws are enforced. We cannot succeed if there will be cooperation between you and us as the security team,” The County Commissioner assured.

Ikanga Market chamber of commerce Chairman Paul Mwangi speaking to Mauvoo news condemned the incident saying their lives are in danger even after the Government imposed the curfew to fight the COVID- 19 pandemic

“We have no security at Ikanga because we know the President directed people to stay at home from 7 pm. We do not see the impact of this curfew because the reports we get in the following day is that our businesses were broken into or a heinous act happened. We ask the government to give us security,” Mwangi said.

Incidents of insecurity in Kitui county have been on the rise especially during curfews hours.

Last week, thugs invaded the area of Ngenuka Nenda, Kyangwithya Eastward in Kitui central where they killed a watchman and stole in a bar he was guarding.

On Friday, thugs killed a watchman at Makongo market, Zombe/ Mwitika ward in Kitui East.

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