Government assures Kisumu business community of security

The government has moved to assure business community in Kisumu that their premises and investments will be secured during the electioneering period.

The narrative that Kisumu is a hot spot during the electioneering period has spread fears among businessmen with some fearing destruction of their property as was witnessed in the last general elections.

Kisumu County Commissioner (CC), Maalim Mohammed said adequate security officers have been deployed across the country to ensure that the ongoing campaigns and August 8th polls were peacefully conducted.

The administrator asked investors not to panic since an early warning system has been put in place to detect and deal with any incidents that may arise.

Speaking at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds in Kisumu on Thursday during Madaraka Day Celebrations, Mohammed cautioned leaders out to incite the youth into violence saying they shall face the full force of the law.

He urged members of the public to remain calm and share information with the police to ensure that the prevailing peace in the lakeside county is maintained.

The CC said through the help of members of the public, police have arrested eight suspects who are believed to be behind a spate of burglary incidents in Kisumu.

The suspects were in possession of an assortment of household items which were recovered and taken to Central Police Station.

Mohammed asked residents who have lately been robbed by the thugs to visit the Station to identify their items.

He lauded the government for responding to high cost of living through lowering the price of the maize flour.

However, some irate youth chanted anti -government slogans saying the said flour was not available in local supermarkets.

The youth who were donned in Kisumu County Governor, Jack Ranguma T-Shirts continued to chant turning the celebrations into a political rally.

Governor Ranguma took advantage of the gathering to sell his re-election agenda, expressing optimism that his track development record will earn him a second term in office claiming under his leadership, 1, 200 kilometres of roads have been constructed easing the transportation of goods and services to the markets.

The improved road network, he said, has enhanced access to school, hospitals and other social amenities, fast racking development in the county.

My government has accelerated agriculture production through giving free fertilizer and other incentives to farmers to make the county food secure, he added.

Access to quality health services, Ranguma said, has been enhanced adding that plans are underway to start cancer treatment at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital to ease the burden of cancer patients.

He said the extension of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Nairobi to Mombasa is set to transform Kisumu into a regional business hub.

The Governor urged Kisumu voters to re-elect him so as to complete his development agenda. I am a development conscious leader and I promise to continue protecting Kisumu against external interests being advanced by some people, said the governor.

Source: Kenya News Agency