Bomet governor Dr Joyce Laboso Tuesday accused the police of laxity in investigating the causes of frequent fires destroying property in the region.
Speaking at Kipkoibet trading centre of Konoin constituency where fire gutted 20 shops, Dr Laboso recalled in 2017 fire destroyed a computer resource centre at Longisa hospital, procurement offices at the Bomet County headquarters, Tenwek Mision hospital and also gutted several market centres but police have never established their causes.
She castigated the police for failing to seriously pursue such frequent fire incidents adding that hitherto no suspect has been arraigned in court.
Dr. Laboso said that the Director of Criminal Investigation Mr George Kinoti should take up the matter and reveal the causes of the fires and bring the matter to a rest instead of leaving the citizenry to speculate.
She said that the police should work closely with the county government officials and members of the public to make their work easier.
Addressing traders who had lost property at the shopping centre, Dr Laboso revealed that plans are underway to procure fire engine from abroad after the five bought by the previous regime broke down.
The governor pledged to hire a standby fire engine to assist local residents in the region in case of fire out breaks since those from the neighboring counties of Narok and Kericho take long to reach scenes of fires.
Embomos ward, Member of Bomet County Assembly Robert Serbai said that the fires were a ploy to sabotage Dr Laboso’s administration.
Source: Kenya News Agency