NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Nairobi County on Monday
announced the formation of a special unit to crack down
on criminals involved in violent robberies targeting
business owners and commuters in public service
County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said the elite squad
will intensify surveillance in the central business
district and residential areas where a crime wave has
escalated this year.
responded to the rampant insecurity that has engulfed
Nairobi and its environs by forming an anti-mugging
squad that will work closely with regular police to
combat this vice,” Sonko said in Nairobi.
that five suspected robbers arrested in a swoop carried
out by the police were in custody awaiting prosecution
in the courts of law.
capital Nairobi has of late experienced a wave of
insecurity linked to poverty, joblessness and social
dysfunction in the mushrooming informal settlements.
investigative report carried out by the country’s
leading Newspaper, the Nation on Sunday, revealed that
armed criminals had invaded the Nairobi central business
district where they have been robbing unsuspecting
on Sunday reported that the criminal gangs have been
targeting civilians visiting banks or boarding public
service vehicles to steal money and electronic gadgets.
county civic leaders and security bosses pledged to
coordinate efforts to stem the escalating crime wave
which could scare away investors and undermine social
Senator Johnson Sakaja said that formation of an elite
squad coupled with youth empowerment projects could help
reduce crime in the East and Central Africa’s largest
crime in this city should be a collective duty involving
the police, communities and business owners. We must
improve on our crime busting tactics by investing in
intelligence gathering and community policing,” Sakaja
the setting up of a special fund to help jobless but
enterprising youth to access capital to start a business
and shield them from criminal activities.