Reports of insecurity in Budalang’i leave residents worried

Residents have asked area MP, Raphael Wanjala and Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i to move in quickly and address the matter

By Felix Agunda [email protected]

Residents of Budalang’i in Busia County are worried over the increased incidents of insecurity in the area. Members of security agencies, the police whose main duty is to provide security, have also fallen victim.  

In Port Victoria, Deputy Officer Commanding Station (OCS’s) car was stolen from his parking yard when he went to bed. Armed thugs also broke into a popular restaurant, killing the night watchman in cold blood. Feeling frustrated by inaction from the police, irate

members of the public cornered a suspected thief in Bulemia, doused him with petrol then lit a matchstick, he was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at the Port Victoria sub-county hospital.

Attempted theft of two fish cages at Mulukoba beach were thwarted by the swift action by marine guards and the regular police who repulsed the suspected thieves

In the neighbouring sub-county of Funyula, thieves broke into several shops at Bumbe trading centre last April, carting away valuables and cash believed to be in millions of shillings.

Shocked traders could not believe their eyes after facing empty shelves soon after opening their shops the following morning. At the time, residents blamed the influx of foreigners from Uganda for the security situation in the area.

Attempted theft of two fish cages at Mulukoba beach were thwarted by the swift action by marine guards and the regular police who repulsed the suspected thieves. A local pastor’s vehicle was also stolen from his parking yard, in a copy cart incident to what happened to the deputy OCS.

Residents are pleading with the area MP, Raphael Wanjala and Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i to move in quickly and address the matter.

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