DCI, DPP can resolve these senseless murders

In the wee hours of Wednesday last week, an assassin’s bullet took the life of Kennedy Kamto; former deputy governor Kilifi County. In the neighbouring county of Mombasa, a steep rise in insecurity has seen Governor Hassan Joho urge tough action from security agencies to curb rising cases of insecurity within the coastal region.

In Kisumu County, criminal gangs that use motor cycles to terrorise residents have become such a menace, Kisumu County Commissioner has given the shoot-to-kill order just to slow down the criminals who operate with impunity.

These cases highlight widespread insecurity across the country that calls for a change of tack by the police in tackling crime. While not speculating on the cause of Kamto’s murder, there is the possibility of a political angle to it given his previous status as a deputy governor. Kamto’s murder rekindles memories of the killing of high profile individuals, the likes of Jacob Juma (2016) and Chris Msando (2017) that largely remain unresolved, ostensibly because the police ran into cold trails.This country has the bad history of unresolved murder cases involving prominent people in society; a history that must be erased by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji getting into action.

Already, the DCI and DPP have shown resolve in fighting corruption and that has got the hitherto sacred cows worried. This resolve should be extended to dealing with growing insecurity to bring criminals to justice. Kenyans need to feel protected and safe in their own country.

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