The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) condemns in the strongest terms possible the burning of the Syokimau Administration Police post by hooligans.

We are concerned that the resulting interruption of operations at the police post will greatly compromise the security situation in Syokimau area. Since the establishment of the post through the efforts of Syokimau Residents Association, the security situation in the area has greatly improved.  

It is surprising that even after the police post was declared a crime scene, adequate measures were not put in place by the police to properly secure the scene and prevent any interference. There is a likelihood that the burning of the police post is part of a wider scheme to tamper with evidence that could lead to conviction of those behind the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri. We therefore state as follows:

a)      That thorough investigation be carried out to determine the real motive and the individuals behind the burning of the police post. The FBI team investigating the murder of the trio should also take a keen interest on the burning of the police post and help unearth the real perpetrators.

b)      That the Inspector General of Police moves with speed to ensure that normal operations at the police post are restored in the shortest time possible to prevent possibility of crime rate in the area going up.

c)      That any plans to close down the police post (as has been alleged previously) be vacated and instead measures put in place to upgrade it to full police station so that residents of Syokimau can benefit from better access and provision of security services.

KARA will continue supporting efforts to enhance security at the neighbourhood level through strengthened collaboration between National Police Service and Residents Associations.

Henry Ochieng

Chief Executive Officer