Lack of finances among the youth blamed for increased crime rate in Nairobi’s CBD

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,22ND JAN 2018-The increased rate of crime  within Nairobi’s Central Business District  is majorly attributed to lack of finances by youths following the just ended  festive season and a prolonged electioneering period. According to Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome says it is a common trend in January but cautions that already a multi-agency security team has been activated to curb the menace.

“We are not going to give them a chance to harass the residents of this city. We are going to deal with them according to the law,” he asserted.

Koome says 20 suspects of mugging were arrested and arraigned in court for mugging and other crimes within the city last Friday.

Already, Koome says police are engaging the Nairobi County Government in a bid to ensure the flow of hawkers within the city is controlled while plans to profile street children are underway since some of them have been engaging in crime, while others are in the country illegally.

In December last year, he said “30 gangsters lost their lives while I also lost police officers. We shall not relent.”

Koome was  addressing journalists on Monday afternoon shortly after a multi-agency meeting that brought together among others  the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the County Inspectorate Department .


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