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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua unveils 120 police cars to enhance security

A police officer keeps vigil at Tala Township Primary School grounds during the launch of the Machakos County Comprehensive Security Programme by Governor Alfred Mutua Thursday.  [Photo: Erastus Mulwa/Standard]

By Erastus Mulwa

Machakos, Kenya: Governor Alfred Mutua Friday rallied dozens of leaders in launching an ambitious programme aimed at transforming the county’s security status.

Dubbed ‘Machakos County Comprehensive Security Programme’, the project is expected to supplement the national government’s efforts in enhancing security through facilitation of numerous security equipment installations to police the county.

Dr Mutua flagged off 120 police patrol cars fitted with high-powered communication radio and CCTV cameras, which will be based in every location within the county.

“My plan is to ensure every village is safe and that residents of this county will go about their businesses 24 hours without fear of attack,” he said.

The Governor announced that the security programme will be coordinated through already established call centres in Machakos Town, Athi River, Masii, Kangundo and Masinga, which he said will be operational day and night. Also unveiled were 40 police sniffer dogs to be distributed to all the 40 wards, gun detectors, Alco-blow kits and police communication equipment.

“Our aim is to ensure police presence and instant response to incidences of crime because we intend to make Machakos the safest county not only in Kenya, but also in East Africa,” he said.

At the same time, Mutua announced that his county government plans to set aside Sh300 million for police housing in the next financial year. He also revealed that plans are at an advanced stage to establish a forensic lab, the first of its kind in East Africa region.

“We will have a forensic lab established in Machakos complete with DNA equipment, which will be operational by mid-March, and will mark a great milestone in the fight against crime,” he said.