Police in Kisumu East have launched a campaign to beef up security and tame road carnage during the December festive season.
Officers in the area received motorbikes worth Ksh10 million for security patrols during the holidays -an initiative funded by the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF).
The bikes were presented to the security chiefs by Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir at the Kasagam Deputy County Commissioner’s office.
During the event, Shabbir noted more community policing programs would be enhanced to help reduce motorbike theft cases in the area that loses approximately five to ten bikes per month.
While noting that motorcycle accidents represent almost a quarter of fatal collisions in the area, Kisumu East Assistant Commissioner Moses Oruma said officers will now use motorbikes to complement police patrol vehicles and curb criminal acts.
“We want to make the roads safer for all users across the December Holiday and New Year festive seasons. Already, people have morphed into a celebratory mood," he stated.
On his part, area police boss Joseph Chacha noted they will also be engaging with motorcyclists to identify gaps in road safety and reduce incidences of crime among the boda boda riders in Kisumu East.
"Arguably, no one should be seriously injured for using our road network. We will work with the boda boda leadership to tame crime," Chacha said.
The MP encouraged the police to ensure adequate patrols during the day and at night to keep suspected criminals out of the area pledging his support.
The lawmaker also revealed plans to build new police stations in the coming financial year in Nyamasaria-Mowlem, Gita, Chiga and Ragumo areas.