, NAIROBI Kenya, Jan 1- NINE suspected gangsters were shot dead by police in Nairobi during separate robbery incidents targeting revelers on the eve of the New Year.
Five of them were killed in Dandora when they stormed a bar at Phase Five area where they robbed patrons who were partying to usher in the New Year.
Nairobi Police chief Benson Kibue told Capital FM News that two others were killed in Ngomongo area while terrorising residents.
“Our officers were on high alert because we intensified patrols to ensure city residents are not disrupted while going on with their parties. A total of nine (suspected) criminals were killed,” the police chief said.
He said two others were shot dead at Makaburini area on Uhuru Highway, where they reportedly attacked a pedestrian and stole money and other valuables from him.
In all the incidents, Kibue said, they recovered a pistol, five toy pistols and other crude weapons, including machetes the thugs were using to threaten their targets.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has assured Kenyans that adequate security measures have been put in place to secure the country.
Kimaiyo admits that 2013 was a tough year after a series of major security-related incidents, including the Westgate terror attack that left 67 people dead and more than 200 others injured.
In his 2013 security summary released on Tuesday, the police chief said generally crime had gone down in the year under review as compared to the previous year.
The report shows that crime has decreased by 5,903 cases or 8 percent.
“We need to do much more to ensure that the country is peaceful enough to foster economic developments,” Kimaiyo said.
Kimaiyo explains that “National economy cannot flourish without internal stability, order and effective enforcement of laws nor can any business or other activities develop without internal cohesion.”
“Effective policing is therefore crucial to both internal security and economic growth,” he said.
He further added that community policing was going to be fully adopted in 2014, to ensure every person participate in maintaining security in the country.
“Active community policing desks should be maintained in our police stations for this cause. Intelligence led policing which we have now fully embraced must remain a permanent feature of our service delivery strategy,” he said, and urged all Kenyans to embrace the Nyumba Kumi initiative unveiled recently.