Elders urged to cooperate with security agencies

Elders from North Eastern region have been urged to work closely with the security agencies to ensure that gains made in restoring security in the area were not lost.

Talking to KNA in his office on Thursday, area Regional Commissioner (RC), Mohamed Birik said elders played a crucial role in matters security.

He challenged the elders to be part and parcel of the agenda to improve security by providing crucial information that will assist in preventing attacks.

I want to underscore the important role the elders play. They are people we cannot do without especially if we have to ensure that our security is enhanced, Birik said.

The RC said elders have their ‘network’ of getting information from their people who trust them.

I urge them to share such information with our security agencies. I want to assure them that the same will be treated with utmost confidentiality, he said.

Birik, who took over from Mohamed Saleh, is coming at a time when security in the region is still a major challenge with terror threats from the Al-Shabaab militants still persistent.

Meanwhile, Birik has urged members of the public to continue volunteering information on any suspicious characters in their midst.

Birik was reacting to the Tuesday incident where members of the public in Liboi and Ijara towns reported to the area authorities after spotting two suspicious characters.

The two, a Kenyan from Gatundu, Kiambu County and a foreigner of European origin were nabbed by the police and were being held for interrogation.

The foreigner was arrested in Ijara town as he sought to board a matatu to Holugho town, 100 km away.

Police recovered foreign currency bills worth $34,000, night vision binoculars, GPS gadgets among other equipment’s from the European suspect.

Source: Kenya News Agency