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Sunday 22 February 2015

New Nyanza police chief puts criminals on notice

Nyanza regional police coordinator Willy Lugusa has warned politicians in the region to stop creating tension by using goons in hunting down their perceived political enemies.
The stern warning comes in a week that saw drama at the Kisumu Central Police Station when two MCAs who had accused each other of death threat rushed to the station to record their statements.
The incident saw Ombeyi ward representative Joshua Atieno who was almost in tears, stormed the police station with allegations that his Milimani ward counterpart Edwin Anayo had issued death threats apart of hurling unprintable abuses at him.
However, immediately after the police recorded statement from Atieno, Anayo stormed the same police station and reported the same accusation against the former.
The two rivals are reported have resorted to the services of hired goons who are always on standby in the town and readily available whenever they are needed by politicians to instill fear on opponents.
Speaking to the press in his office, Lugusa acknowledged that his office was aware on some of the ongoings and promised to crush the goons together with their bankrollers terming them enemies of society.
“Decisive action will be taken against anyone who disturbs peace regardless of your position in the society,’’ said the police boss, a former OCPD at Central Police Station in Nairobi adding that there were constitutional avenues for politicians to solve their differences.
Lugusa at the same time extended the warning to criminals operating in the region saying his office will leave no stone unturned when dealing with security matters.
His remarks come even as Kisumu residents applauded the new police structure for managing the once sky-rocketed insecurity in the region under Lugusa.
The officer together with his deputy John Mwinzi stated that criminals who have been robbing residents have gone underground on realising that they were on police dragnet.
Ahead of their arrival, the region and Kisumu in particular suffered a spate of robberies and some rogue police officers who were suspected to be colluding with criminals to attack residents and cause mayhem in town.

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