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Fight against crime boosted as police emergency line 999 is restored

By By Cyrus Ombati | August 2nd 2013

By Cyrus Ombati 

Nairobi, Kenya: Police have restored the 999 emergency response numbers in Nairobi to help in curbing crime rate.

Police authorities say Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) and mobile phone service providers have heeded the orders by High Court to restore the line. 

Nairobi has been allocated 22 lines so far and residents are encouraged to call for help only. The calls are free of charge. Other areas are also set to get the same services.

Nairobi County Commander Benson Kibui, however, says some residents have been calling asking irrelevant questions and urged Kenyans to respect the service.

"Some people have been calling to ask where they can eat or even get a lodging. That is wrong and we want to ask our people to respect the lines and call when necessary," said Kibui.

The High court gave CCK, mobile phone service providers and the police service until end of July to restore the 999 emergency response number

High Court Judge David Majanja had directed the parties to appear before him on July 31 to update the court on the move.

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