Permit security checks, police tell public

July 19, 2014 11:26 am


A policeman stands in front of the wreckage of a bus at the site of a bomb blast in Nairobi on May 4, 2014/AFP
A policeman stands in front of the wreckage of a bus at the site of a bomb blast in Nairobi on May 4, 2014/AFP
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19 – Police are now calling on members of public to cooperate every time they are undergoing security searches in shopping malls and other public installations for their own safety.

Nairobi Police Chief Benson Kibue says security remains a major challenge in the country and police-public cooperation remains key.

“There have been complaints that some people feel they are being stressed out. All checks whether by police or security guards are meant to ensure public safety,” the police boss said.

“Lets embrace security as our responsibility. This way, security will be guaranteed for all.”

Speaking to Capital FM News, Kibue called on the public to continue providing key information to the police, saying security should be the responsibility of all Kenyans.

“Let’s report suspicious characters to police and any other information that can help police avert any security threat,” he said.

Kibue also urged PSV operators to continue searching the public who board their vehicles as a security measure.

Many Public Service Vehicles have abandoned the searches, leaving their passengers prone to security threats.

Other measures the government has put in place through the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, is a directive that all PSVs should not have tinted windows.

This came after the May 4 bus explosions that occurred within meters of each other near the Homeland Inn on Thika Road and the Thika Road Mall.

At least two people were killed and 53 others injured.

Police said they believe improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used in both attacks.

“We should remain vigilant… we should not give the enemies any chance to execute their plans,” Kibue appealed.

Police presence in the city has been increased to thwart any attacks.

The country continues to face terror threats from the Somalia based Al-Shabaab group that has claimed responsibility for some attacks.

The group has been arguing that it’s in retaliation against Kenya’s military presence in Somalia as part of the African Union force supporting the country’s fragile government.


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