Thugs steer Machakos 'airport' to insecurity
SEE ALSO :Why Kenyans are eating less riceIt is the busiest upcountry commuter terminus in the capital estimated to serve more than 10,000 commuters daily. And the numbers are swelling as the year comes to an end and many city residents travel upcountryto spend December festivities with family. Quick money With such huge numbers, thugs obviously see an easy target to make quick money. There are alternatives to travelling upcountry through safer means such as eleven-seater shuttles, but most prefer these vehicles because the fares are pocket friendly — one can pay half the price shuttles charge. Being a busy station, Machakos is host to hundreds of idle youth, street urchins and homeless families.
SEE ALSO :Kericho murders catch police flatfootedIt is also the business hub for many serious merchants and small-scale businesses as well as a source of employment to many individuals. The Government also collects millions of shillings from the station on daily basis. There are also other vices that thrive in this station. You can get all types of outlawed drugs, fake currency and chang’aa. In a telephone interview, Robinson Mboloi, OCPD Nairobi Central, says: “We have received complaints from residents but only mild ones about the criminal activities at the terminus. We would be glad to respond in haste if furnished with any information regarding such allegations.” When we visited the Kamukunji Police Station to inquire about the increased criminal activities at the bus terminus, two officers at the OB confirmed that there has been an increase in reported incidents in the recent past. Vigilant “We urge the public to give us information that will lead to the arrest of these criminals. Commuters should also be more vigilant more so during the night when travelling upcountry especially during the approaching festive season,” said one of the officers. A ground nut seller at the market says the criminals are so ruthless that those with businesses at the terminus have to pay Sh150 weekly to ‘faceless’ people. They suspect Mungiki is slowly taking over the station. “If you don’t, you are doomed as your goods get destroyed. The fear of the unknown make most of us shy away from reporting to the police, as the thugs get released as soon as they are arrested,” he said.
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