NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Incoming Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome has taken over command from Benson Kibue with a stern warning for criminals to keep off Nairobi.
The tough-talking commander put criminals on notice saying he will not tolerate their activities further stating that he will mobilise his officers to flush out criminals and ensure security is heightened in the county.
“Criminals get it from me; we have no time for you at all. We have the responsibility to maintain law and order and protect life therefore I am telling that criminal out there, do not attempt to commit robbery otherwise we shall deal with you firmly,” he said.
He stated that his point of focus would be to secure residential areas promising to work with resident associations to increase vigilance.
“Residents of this city we need to work as a team because you live with these criminals, you know them… volunteer information and I can assure you that the information you will give will not be shared,” he added.
Koome recalled days when he was the Buruburu OCPD where he actively worked with resident associations within the area to help manage crime.
He further implored the different units within the police service to set aside their differences so as to win against crime.
“Fellow officers, we have a noble duty to serve this city and we need to work as a team from whatever service you come from because we are here as the National Police Service. That is the only way you will succeed,” he asserted.
The outgoing commander Benson Kibue who has since been appointed the Director of Police Operations to be based at Vigilance House said he was proud of the work he had done during his tenure.
He thanked the Presidency, the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi for having supported him, stating that he was handing over a clean slate to Koome.
He also thanked all the police officers who worked under him for the unity they displayed saying this helped reduce crime in the county further calling on them to extend the same to the new boss.
He listed the highlight of his career as being in the centre of the preparations for the much publicised visit by the President of the United States and also the inauguration President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
“The manner in which we provided security and the fact we did not have any hitch is definitely my most memorable moment,” he said.
The lowest moment in his tenure he says was the Westgate attack where he admits, the police could have done much more to save lives however adding that although it was a sad moment for him, there were many lessons to be learnt.
“We lost so many people and although we did what we could do, maybe we could have done more. I was at the centre of everything, I was even there and that is why the Westgate siege remains my most negative attack,” he stated.