By Musembi Nzengu
Kitui county commissioner Moffat Kangi has directed police to increase surveillance in game reserves. He said lack of adequate security at the reserves could turn them into hideouts for militiamen and terrorists.
Kangi directed police in Kyuso and Tseikuru districts to flush out herdsmen who have encroached Mwingi North Game Reserve following incessant conflicts with locals.
He was speaking at Kitui Municipal Stadium on Sunday after reading the President's Madaraka day speech. Kangi said there is no justification to allow unauthorised persons to encroach Mwingi and Kitui South game reserves.
"It is the responsibility of security apparatus to seal all loopholes the militiamen can use to find their way to Nairobi through the county," he said. Kitui Governor Julius Malombe and Senator David Musila were at the event.
Kangi lauded Malombe's government for improving roads on the border with Tana River county. He said it will help in pursuits of armed bandits who often strike the area.
Kangi warned corrupt and lazy national governments officers that they will soon be weeded out. "I have noted that most civil servants in the county report to work late and leave early and these are the people we are targeting for removal," he said.
Malombe said his government is carrying out a feasibility study in collaboration with the wildlife services to open up the county to international tourists. He said the study would cost Sh1.5 million.
Malombe said the county is in the process of building three gates at the Mwingi Game Reserve. "We are also doing a feasibility study of the mythical Nzambani rock to make it a premier tourist attraction at a cost of Sh1.5 million," he said.
Musila lauded Uhuru for giving more powers to county commissioners. He said it will motivate the officers to render effective service delivery in the rural areas. Musila however asked the commissioners not to engage in partisan politics as it will bring them into collision course with political leaders.