Isiolo residents, police hold funfair aimed at curbing insecurity

Residents of Kipsing, in Oldonyiro ward of Isiolo county, have engaged in various activities to promote police-community relations with the aim of curbing cases of insecurity, a program that has been supported by Isiolo peace Link.

Members of the public and the men in uniform, from the administration police and GSU, yesterday conducted a one-day funfair which involved sharing of challenges that hinder good working relationships and outdoor games such as football, sack races, and egg and spoon activities.

Oldonyiro Division Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Barnabas Kimotok lauded the efforts as one way that will help create a good rapport and instill confidence among residents and the authorities.

According to Barnabas, residents from the area have not been sharing important security information through the community policing structures which has made it difficult for the police to act on crime incidents in a timely manner.

The insecurity situation has also been compounded by high illiteracy levels among area residents, lack of communication networks, and inaccessible roads which the ACC said if solved could be a huge step in curbing insecurity and flushing out criminals from their hideouts.

Emma Akai the Isiolo peace link assistant project officer lauded the engagement which she said was all-inclusive, and hoped that such gestures will be of much help in ensuring peaceful coexistence among members of the various ethnic communities living in the area.

She said that the Isiolo peace link would continue to support community policing initiatives in different areas of Isiolo where there is insecurity.

Reuben Namakima, Kipsing area chief said that residents in the area must start considering and understanding the work of the police and demystify the myths that demonize the police service which have been a source of misunderstanding in the past.

Namakima urged the police to be lenient and approach the residents in ways that do not provoke them since a big percentage of the population in the area is illiterate.

Namakima suggested that there was also a need to introduce adult education centers for youths that he explained could reduce the levels of illiteracy and pave the way for the Morans to seek alternative ways of earning livelihoods.

Peter Lipatu, a youth from the area hailed the initiative and called for more efforts towards adult education that he said will help to reduce cases of insecurity by lowering illiteracy levels among the youth.

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