Police Planning a Major Crackdown on Nairobi Streets

Nairobi residents pictured at Kenya National Archives section of Nairobi CBD.
Nairobi residents pictured at Kenya National Archives section of Nairobi CBD.

Police are planning a major crackdown to kick out street families from Nairobi Central Business District as well as nab criminals.

Central OCPD Adamson Bungei stated this is part of a strategy to eradicate crime in the city and improve security in the capital.

The Central OCPD explained that members of the street families are usually used to committing crimes such as mugging and snatching car side mirrors.

Bungei further stated that the National Police Service (NPS) plans to increase police presence in Nairobi. The service will also deploy more plainclothes officers in areas perceived to be crime hot spots such as Kencom, Ambassadeur, Railways, Machakos Country Bus and Bus Station.

A file image of Central Police station
A file image of Central Police station

The Central Police OCPD added that the Globe Roundabout bridge, the path from Uhuru Park to the CBD, and Central Park are also among areas that will be under heavy surveillance.

"We shall also enhance security in busy trading areas, including River Road, Ronald Ngala Street, Luthuli Avenue, and Biashara Street. I appeal to the public to partner with the police in the fight against crime by volunteering information. This will help us track culprits or foil attacks," he stated.

Police noted that crime in the city dropped by 80% during the festive season after street families left the CBD and the NPS deployed more than 300 police officers in a bid to beef up security.

"During the holidays, crime in the city went down by about 80 per cent and this was because most of the street children were out of the city. 

"No major crimes were reported in the Central Business District during the season. So far, January has largely been without incidents of crime," Bungei stated.

Kenyans have been vocal about insecurity in the country with Nairobians leading protests against the police on social media. On Sunday, September 26, an expose aired by KTN News pointed fingers at police officers for colluding with the criminals.

Mutyambai confirmed that his office had received complaints from Kenyans who had been swindled through the fraudulent schemes within Nairobi's CBD.

In his statement, the police boss warned Kenyans to be cautious of well-organized schemes meant to swindle them of their hard-earned money.

The Inspector General of the police, Hilary Mutyambai
The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at a special seating held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26, 2021
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