- "At this time, political temperatures flare up and our people neighbouring Tharaka Nithi are attacked. We can’t condone lawlessness,” he said.
- “The problem is having empty police posts at the expense of evil people who are ready to kill and steal from our people,” the legislator said.
Tigania East MP Gichunge Kabeabea has called out the administrators and police officers over inefficiency to curb banditry attacks.
Kabeabea said despite his efforts to build several police posts along the buffer zones at Isiolo border and Tharaka Nithi county, police officers have not been posted to the stations.
The MP spoke on Sunday at Kaathi and Kiembeni in Tigania East, Meru.
He said it is an insult for police officers to be withdrawn from Ngatune, Ngaene, Thangatha and Kiembene.
The MP said the semipermanent police houses have also been taken away without consultations, exposing residents to unnecessary attacks.
“Insecurity is a thorny issue in Tigania. There have been rampant cases of attacks from bandits along the Isiolo side.
"At this time, political temperatures flare up and our people neighbouring Tharaka Nithi are attacked. We can’t condone lawlessness,” he said.
Kabeabea said Meru and Isiolo leaders are expected to meet with Interior CS Fred Matiang’I this week to deliberate on ways to protect the residents and their property.
The MP said he will leave nothing to chance when it comes to the security of his people.
He said he recently spoke to the deputy inspector general of police on the matter and he agreed to beef up security.
“The problem is having empty police posts at the expense of evil people who are ready to kill and steal from our people.
"I have convinced the relevant authority to return police houses withdrawn from Kiembeni, Ngatune and Ngaene,” the legislator said.
Tensions often rise along the border between Tigania and their Tharaka neighbours over border disputes.
In 2007, the then agriculture CS Peter Munya’s vehicle was torched by unknown people on his campaign trail near Thangatha Primary School, Meru.
(Edited by Bilha Makokha)